Drudge has exclusively obtained documents regarding the Scott Thomas Beauchamp “Shock Troops” scandal. (h/t – GP Reader Peter Hughes).
These US Army documents, including a transcript of a phone call with editors of The New Republic clearly show the folks at TNR were lying to its readers when they repeatedly stated that Scott Beauchamp’s fictional accounts of Iraq were in fact true (CBS’ “fake, but accurate” scenario). TNR editors also lied when they said that the US Army was censoring him and they weren’t able to communicate with him.
On August 10, the editors at TNR accused the Army of “stonewalling” their investigation into the stories by preventing them from speaking with Beauchamp. The DRUDGE REPORT has since obtained the transcript of a September 7 call between TNR editor Frank Foer, TNR executive editor Peter Scoblic, and Private Beauchamp. During the call, Beauchamp declines to stand by his stories, telling his editors that “I just want it to end. I’m not going to talk to anyone about anything really.” The editors respond that “we just can’t, in good conscience, continue to defend the piece” without an explanation, but Beauchamp responds only that he “doesn’t care what the public thinks.” The editors then ask Beauchamp to cancel scheduled interviews with the WASHINGTON POST and NEWSWEEK.
The DRUDGE REPORT has also obtained a signed “Memorandum for Record” in which Beauchamp recants his stories and concedes the facts of the Army’s investigation — that his stories contained “gross exaggerations and inaccurate allegations of misconduct” by his fellow soldiers.
The third document obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT is the Army’s official report on the investigation into the allegations made by Private Beauchamp. The Army concluded that Beauchamp had “completely fabricated” the story of mocking a disfigured woman, that his description of a “Saddam-era dumping ground” was false, and that claims that he and his men had deliberately targeted dogs with their armored vehicles was “completely unfounded.”
The ultimate Phony Soldier Story has been officially ripped apart (as many of us knew for months it would be).
Will Andrew Sullivan still stick up for his former employer and their pack of liars?