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INTELFILES Document Center
I've revamped over at INTELWIRE a bit, with a new focus on releasing the hundreds of pages of government documents I've obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the purchase of court records and donations from sources. The beta site already contains something like 200 pages of material, and there is a LOT more to come in the near future.
The site is similar in intent to such beloved sites as Cryptome and The Memory Hole, but with a more specific focus -- namely terrorism -- and with an orientation more toward storytelling, revealing the documents that give a more complete picture of certain specific stories. Needless to say, the material will also often reflect areas of my own interest and my ongoing well-known investigative predilections.
I believe that, when delivering news, journalists should also give readers as much of the original source material and research as possible. The changes on INTELWIRE are a step in that direction. Now, you can read the original documents that lie behind the reports.
The new page at INTELFILES.com debuts with the U.S. Marshals disclosure of all its documentation relating to the death of Richard Lee Guthrie Jr..
Regular readers will recall that Guthrie was a member of the Aryan Republican Army, a group of white supremacist bank robbers believed by many to be connected to the Oklahoma City bombing via Timothy McVeigh.
Guthrie died in prison as the result of an apparent suicide, made all the more striking by two factors -- 1) he was planning to talk to the press and possibly write a book, and 2) its striking similarity to the death of Kenneth Trentadue, whose perhaps related saga is a story in itself.
At any rate, the new documents -- most of which are released here for the first time anywhere -- include the autopsy report, death certificate, medical reports, the testimony of the prison guards who found Guthrie's body and assorted other details of the case. It's not, perhaps, a 100 percent lock (what is?), but these documents do tend to strongly back up the official cause of death -- suicide. Some oddities that remain, and I'm also following up on a couple of leads generated from the material. (These will not be apparent to readers at this time. Don't expect the emergence of a story within any particular time frame. There are a multitude of issues I need to resolve before I can take this to the next level.)
I'm going to attempt to add new documents at least once a week, and possibly more often when there is material relavent to breaking news stories. For instance, if you stopped by the site this week, you would have been the first to have access to the FBI affidavits exposing links between the Toronto terror cell and two U.S. terrorist suspects.
Expect such news tie-ins on a fairly regular basis, along with timeless gems, such as the release I'm planning for next week -- the State Department's secret files on the Assassin cult. They gave me more than the CIA did, but they too kept out the best stuff on the basis of "national security."
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