There are so many juicy tidbits in this story I’m not sure I’ll be able to excerpt it properly.
…The network said Bill Burkett, a former lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army Guard, was its source for the memos that were the basis of a 60 Minutes broadcast Sept. 8. Burkett provided the documents to USA TODAY later that night.
AND BTW- Kevin nailed it….
In earlier conversations with USA TODAY, Burkett had identified the source of the documents as George Conn, a former Texas National Guard colleague who works for the U.S. Army in Europe. Burkett now says he made up the story about Conn’s involvement to divert attention from himself and the woman he now says provided him with the documents. He told USA TODAY that he also lied to CBS.
So who was the source???
Burkett now maintains that the source of the papers was Lucy Ramirez, who he says phoned him from Houston in March to offer the documents. USA TODAY has been unable to locate Ramirez.
I’ll save you the google. She don’t exist. At least not in any capacity related to Bush or the guard. There are 4 women by that name in the Houston phonebook but I think randomly calling them is out of line.
Reporters who knew of Burkett’s role as a Bush critic continued to call as they searched for files that could fill in details on a gap in Bush’s service record. Bush was a well-regarded pilot but stopped flying fighter jets in 1972 and moved to Alabama, where he worked on a political campaign and apparently missed required Guard drills.
Ultimately, Burkett decided to turn over the documents to one of the most persistent journalists, CBS producer Mary Mapes, sometime in August.
Well that appears to answer our #1 question.
Burkett’s emotions varied widely in the interviews. One session ended when Burkett suffered a violent seizure and collapsed in his chair.
heh, unimpeachable – heh.
Sitting in a rocking chair in his weathered ranch house south of Baird, Texas, Burkett recounted his continuing efforts