The Drudge Report has obtained documents that appear to show conclusively that Scott Beauchamp fabricated the stories that he wrote for the New Republic. These documents include a transcript of New Republic editor Frank Foer’s telephone interview of Beauchamp, in which Beauchamp declines to vouch for, or answer questions about, his own stories–which causes Foer to say that “we just can’t, in good conscience, continue to defend the piece.”
Drudge also has documents from the Army’s investigation, including Beauchamp’s signed confession that his articles included “gross exaggerations and inaccurate allegations of misconduct” by his fellow servicemen. The third document is the Army’s summary of the results of its investigation, which found that Beauchamp “completely fabricated” the story of the disfigured woman, and that his tales of finding a Saddam-era mass grave and of servicemen running down Iraqi dogs were false and “completely unfounded.”
Maybe the New Republic will finally have something to say about the story.
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