According to an article in the Weekly Standard
, Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist," signed a sworn statement "admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods." Apparently the WS is going on the word of a single source on this part of the story, though it says it received a statement from the military stating, "An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims."
This has got to be bad news for the New Republic, which had a public fiasco with the articles - fictions would be a closer term - that Stephen Glass wrote for the publication. Beauchamp is married to a TNR staffer, according to a statement from the magazine
. It appareantly did some extensive fact checking and thought that the majority of the reports were accurate. It will be interesting to see if a copy of the statement comes out soon to confirm the WS report.
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