Glenn Greenwald gets whacked-out email from Petraeus’ spokesman


Greenwald publishes a barely coherent, hostile letter from Col. Steven A. Boylan, the Public Affairs Officer and personal spokesman for Gen. David G. Petraeus.


The issues of accuracy, context, and proper characterization is something that perhaps you could do a little research and would assume you are aware of as a trained lawyer.

I do enjoy reading your diatribes as they provide comic relief here in Iraq. The amount of pure fiction is incredible. Since a great deal of this post is just opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinions, I will not address those even though they are shall we say — based on few if any facts. That does surprise me with your training as a lawyer, but we will leave those jokes to another day. . . .

You are either too lazy to do the research on the topics to gain the facts, or you are providing purposeful misinformation — much like a propagandist. . . .

Politicization of the military is very disturbing; but this goes beyond that… to the “disturbed…”



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2 responses to “Glenn Greenwald gets whacked-out email from Petraeus’ spokesman

  1. Swift Loris

    I read your crosspost to DailyKos and wanted to comment on your update (which isn’t posted here yet), but I’m not registered at Kos, so I thought I’d do it here.

    The examples you provide of fractured syntax from Boylan are all, it appears, from interview and press conference transcripts, not from anything he has written. If you look at the earlier email he sent Glenn a month or so ago, its syntax is not that bad compared to the current emails, although it has spelling and punctuation errors. The current emails, in contrast, have terrible syntax but no spelling errors.

    People are much more likely to use bad syntax when speaking off the cuff than they are in writing. Even highly literate people often don’t speak in perfect syntax. So comparing interview transcripts with emails is far from conclusive.

    My guess is that somebody other than Boylan wrote all the current emails, including the denials. This person has limited writing skills, and perhaps because he knows it, took the time to spellcheck his emails, which Boylan (assuming he wrote the earlier email) did not.

  2. You apparently have no evidence whatsoever (written, spoken or otherwise) for your opinion on the authorship of the emails. In fact, Boylan himself does not actually deny it. Greenwald now has the IP addresses nailed.

    We shall see. Bet you a latte.

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