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Lawyer Tells 'Wash Post' Rove Did Nothing Wrong
EditorandPublisher.com ^ | July 2, 2005 - 10PM | E&P Staff

Posted on 07/02/2005 7:43:38 PM PDT by summer

NEW YORK An attorney for Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, confirmed to the Washington Post on Saturday that his client did speak with Time magazine's Matthew Cooper in July 2003. But the lawyer said Rove never identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative to Cooper in those conversations.

The attorney, Robert Luskin said that Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the Plame case, assured him in October and again last week that Rove is not a target of his investigation.

"Karl did nothing wrong. Karl didn't disclose Valerie Plame's identity to Mr. Cooper or anybody else," Luskin told the Post. Luskin said the question remains unanswered: "Who outed this woman? ... It wasn't Karl."

..."Cooper has said that more than one confidential source is identified in his e-mails and the notes of interviews he conducted in July 2003," the Post reported.

(Excerpt) Read more at editorandpublisher.com ...


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In another article it said Karl Rove had previously "signed a waiver authorizing reporters to testify about their conversations with him," I am wondering what exactly then was the "big scoop" by Lawrence O'Donnell?

It seems to me that FR posters were correct - O'Donnell WAS full of it.
1 posted on 07/02/2005 7:43:38 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Lawrence O'Donnell = CREEPY LIAR!


2 posted on 07/02/2005 7:46:29 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Real Freepers Don't Need Witness Protection Programs)
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To: summer
The attorney, Robert Luskin said that Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the Plame case, assured him in October and again last week that Rove is not a target of his investigation.

Cooper and Miller will be targets if they testify because they tried to frame Karl Rove and the SP knows it ...

That is why they can't testify before the Grand Jury

Perjury Trap ...

3 posted on 07/02/2005 7:47:29 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: summer
Does the fact that Plame was not an undercover agent at the time have any bearing on the outcome. I believe it does. Just don't tell that to the DUmmies I visited them for the first time today and they are quite the hoot. As the saying goes you just can't make their stuff up, at least not without a drug induced paranoia
4 posted on 07/02/2005 7:50:39 PM PDT by Archon of the East ("universal executive power of the law of nature")
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To: summer

I sure hope my lawyer would say I "didn't do it" too.


5 posted on 07/02/2005 7:51:03 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Dog Gone; MinuteGal; cyncooper; All
In the 4th paragraph currently posted on this E&P article it states:

He [Rove's lawyer] noted that Rove had testified before the grand jury "two or three times" and signed a waiver authorizing reporters to testify about their conversations with him.

Why was that important info omitted by Lawrence O'Donnell in his "big scoop"?? I am guessing if it had been included, then O'Donnell's "big scoop" would have been a big nothing.
6 posted on 07/02/2005 7:54:42 PM PDT by summer
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To: L.N. Smithee

Re your post #2 - I now agree. See my post above.


7 posted on 07/02/2005 7:55:30 PM PDT by summer
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To: South40
I sure hope my lawyer would say I "didn't do it" too.

His lawyer needed to speak out ASAP, because another E&P article today implied that Rove had become the target of the investigation. So, the lawyer is clearing up that error, by saying NO, Rove is NOT the target of any investigation.

I think that is important to know, and the lawyer had a duty to say that. So, I disagree with your spin here.
8 posted on 07/02/2005 7:58:20 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

All the Bush-haters will be suicidal when they see their last chance at a scandal go down the drain.


9 posted on 07/02/2005 8:03:41 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: summer

Lawrence O'Donnell was the person who kept shouting "liar" over and over again when he was in a joint interview with John O'Neill, to prevent O'Neill from speaking. I forget which show it was, but Pat Buchanan was filling in as the moderator and he couldn't get O'Donnell to stop shouting.


10 posted on 07/02/2005 8:05:12 PM PDT by DianeDePoitiers
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To: stinkerpot65

I honestly feel a bit peeced that Lawrence O'Donnell and Matt Cooper did not imply in any way whatsoever that Matt Cooper already had permission from Rove to talk about whatever. O'Donnell, and Cooper, and Time made it sound like a huge secret, when in fact. Rove had already given a waiver as did the other person, Libby whatever. It's just a lot of smoke and mirrors there in the MSM.


11 posted on 07/02/2005 8:05:39 PM PDT by summer
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To: stinkerpot65

I honestly feel a bit peeved that Lawrence O'Donnell and Matt Cooper did not imply in any way whatsoever that Matt Cooper already had permission from Rove to talk about whatever. O'Donnell, and Cooper, and Time made it sound like a huge secret, when in fact. Rove had already given a waiver as did the other person, Libby whatever. It's just a lot of smoke and mirrors there in the MSM.


12 posted on 07/02/2005 8:06:06 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
I found an exceptional paragraph that I want to share:

Big deal. It appears Evil Karl, the demented genius of the Bush machine, is the leaker who outed Valerie Plame to Matt Cooper of Time Magazine, according to Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher. Karl, of course, wanted to burn Joe Wilson who came back from Niger saying Saddam wasn’t there picking up discounts of yellowcake uranium. So Karl outed Joe’s wife for payback. It is illegal under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act to reveal the identity of a CIA agent and a conviction can bring a maximum sentence of 10 years in the clink. Do you think Karl Rove will see the inside of a jail cell? Do you think he will actually be prosecuted? Judith Miller (the Mistress of Propaganda) may waste away in the jail because her employer refuses to spill the beans about her source to a grand jury, but chances are slim to none Evil Karl will ever have to watch the soap or wear an orange jumper. People like Karl Rove don’t go to jail, not unless they are caught red-handed killing six year olds and cannibalizing the remains. Rove may be forced to resign from the Bush administration and even if he is prosecuted the next president will pardon him just like Dubya’s daddy pardoned all those Iran-Contra criminals. Meanwhile, if you’re a black male in the Queens neighborhoods of Cambria Heights and Laurelton, you get racially profiled, dragneted, arrested, and interrogated because a cop was shot (or stabbed) in the leg while attempting to arrest somebody for smoking marijuana. I say it is high time we start profiling Bushcons, although long trials and convictions for crimes against humanity (a fantasy, I realize) and then inevitable pardons are too good for this lot. I believe a special (and remote) penal colony is in order, although I can imagine, left to their own devices, these guys would resort to something along the lines of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in short order.

13 posted on 07/02/2005 8:06:09 PM PDT by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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To: South40
MSNBC's O'Donnell first offered the Rove revelation Friday night on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show. Today, he went beyond that, writing a brief entry at the Huffington Post blog:

"I revealed in yesterday's taping of the McLaughlin Group that Time magazine's e-mails will reveal that Karl Rove was Matt Cooper's source. I have known this for months but didn't want to say it at a time that would risk me getting dragged into the grand jury.

"McLaughlin is seen in some markets on Friday night, so some websites have picked it up, including Drudge, but I don't expect it to have much impact because McLaughlin is not considered a news show and it will be pre-empted in the big markets on Sunday because of tennis.

"Since I revealed the big scoop, I have had it reconfirmed by yet another highly authoritative source. Too many people know this. It should break wide open this week. I know Newsweek is working on an 'It's Rove!' story and will probably break it tomorrow."

Here is the text of what O'Donnell said on Friday:

"What we're going to go to now in the next stage, when Matt Cooper's e-mails, within Time Magazine, are handed over to the grand jury--the ultimate revelation, probably within the week of who his source is.

"I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with the grand jury."

Other McLaughlin Group panelists then joined in discussing whether, if true, this would suggest a perjury rap for Rove, if he told the grand jury he did not leak to Cooper.

Besides his career at a TV journalist, O'Donnell has served as a producer and writer for the series "The West Wing."

According to published reports, Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the case, has interviewed President Bush and Vice President Cheney and called Karl Rove, among others, to testify before the grand jury.

"The breadth of Fitzgerald's inquiry has led to speculation that it has evolved into an investigation of a conspiracy to leak Plame's identity," the Chicago Tribune observed on Friday, "or of an attempt to cover up White House involvement in the leak."

You can see the "unbiased" media doofuses foaming like rabid dogs.
Published: July 02, 2005 1:00 PM ET



14 posted on 07/02/2005 8:06:14 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

O'Donnell is one sick guy. He'd better stop talking about things he knows nothing about.


15 posted on 07/02/2005 8:11:41 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: summer

Thank you very much for the ping!


16 posted on 07/02/2005 8:11:59 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: rface

Show Your Independence on the 4th -- Burn a Flag and other "anti-American" goodies are on the site you wish FReepers to link to. Thanks for sharing.


17 posted on 07/02/2005 8:13:54 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: summer
I think that is important to know, and the lawyer had a duty to say that. So, I disagree with your spin here.

My spin? I basically said what you did (the lawyer had a duty to say that) so why is it spin if I say it?

18 posted on 07/02/2005 8:17:49 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with the grand jury."

Larry knows he will never be called on this.. just using the same old Clinton tactics of the 90's... McLaughlin needs to quit inviting him on the show,

19 posted on 07/02/2005 8:20:51 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (The cheese stands alone.)
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To: summer
Guys, here is a key quote from that story that should be our talking points, imo (out side of the fact that rove dropped his pants and has turned over everything, etc)."Cooper has said that more than one confidential source is identified in his e-mails and the notes of interviews he conducted in July 2003," the Post reported.

Rove answered questions under oath before a grand jury on Oct. 15. According to Luskin, the prosecutor said he believes Rove was candid about his contact with reporters. "I've been assured by the prosecutor they have no reason to doubt the honesty of anything he's said," Luskin said.

20 posted on 07/02/2005 8:24:46 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: summer
This is Valerie Plame and she is a secret agent of some sort.

OK, it was me. You journalists are off the hook.

21 posted on 07/02/2005 8:25:39 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (The cheese stands alone.)
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To: rface

That about sums it up for O'Donnell and the Dems. Dreaming of a scandal is all they have left. That's why the liberal press screamed for a special prosecutor, even though

1. They knew no crime was committed.

2. They lost important legal protections in a Supreme Court case.

3. One of their reporters may go to prison.

None of that matters because they hate Bush so much and they are so very, very desperate for a scandal that they have lost their minds.

That's why O'Donnell said what he did. They are at the point of throwing anything against the wall and hoping it will stick. These people will do anything - lie, forge documents, even send themselves to prison if it means getting sweet revenge on Bush.

You have to understand that for liberals, their politics is their religion, and they are in a holy war against conservative Christians (like the Muslims). Religious fervor is more about emotion than logic.

The more successful Republicans become, the more preposterous and desperate their reaction will be.


22 posted on 07/02/2005 8:27:05 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: stinkerpot65

MSNBC should order O'Donnell to resign, immediately. He is not only spreading lyings, but is now out right committing comments which are libel.


23 posted on 07/02/2005 8:30:18 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: South40

Re your post #18 - I honestly thought your post was intended to be sarcastic, but since you were not intending that, my apologies to you.


24 posted on 07/02/2005 8:30:26 PM PDT by summer
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To: rface

Sound like a site where DUers get their fantasies.


25 posted on 07/02/2005 8:31:04 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: rface; cyncooper; Mo1

I can't remember when I've seen SO MUCH misinformation and out and out lies in ONE paragraph.

Is that web site suppose to be a real representative of editors and publishers across this country?


26 posted on 07/02/2005 8:31:08 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: operation clinton cleanup

At the end of the tag, add a "height=375 width=500"

27 posted on 07/02/2005 8:31:34 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Wilson is in love with himself and his image, isnt he?


28 posted on 07/02/2005 8:31:58 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: cyncooper

Re your post #16 - You are very welcome. And, I understand what you were trying to say on the other thread about this whole matter, with this being old news re Karl Rove talking to someone. These reporters like Lawrence O'Donnell seem to me the type who WANT to scream "FIRE" in a theater, whether there's a fire or not.


29 posted on 07/02/2005 8:32:35 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Apology accepted. My post was not intended to be sarcastic just to the point...that being...who wouldn't want and expect their lawyer to say his client didn't do it?


30 posted on 07/02/2005 8:33:19 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: stinkerpot65
All the Bush-haters will be suicidal when they see their last chance at a scandal go down the drain.




We just need screamy Howeird Dean to come out and sling more mud on the walls, because nothing will stick, and who care!?! They are just a laughing stock with none of their own political proposals (D's a shipwreck without a rudder and torn sails!!!)
31 posted on 07/02/2005 8:34:07 PM PDT by danamco
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To: Howlin

The great thing is that the more outrageous their lies and exagerrations become, the less the public will believe their accusations against Bush.

In the same vein, I wonder if the Klein book on Hillary was a plant to defuse future accusations against Hillary.


32 posted on 07/02/2005 8:34:24 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: BoBToMatoE
Re your post #20 -- "Cooper has said that more than one confidential source is identified in his e-mails"

Yeah -- I, too, found THAT was interesting. And THAT would have qualified as NEWS. I agree with you. IMO, you have better news judgment than O'Donnell.
33 posted on 07/02/2005 8:35:55 PM PDT by summer
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To: stinkerpot65

Thanks... I was to eager to expose myself as the exposer.


34 posted on 07/02/2005 8:35:59 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (The cheese stands alone.)
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To: South40

Thanks. :)


35 posted on 07/02/2005 8:36:26 PM PDT by summer
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To: stinkerpot65

The thing is, though, that they have raised the bar so high now with their outrageous accusations that they are REALLY going to have to "go some," as my daddy use to say, to up the ante, if you will.

Can murder accusations be far away?


36 posted on 07/02/2005 8:36:31 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: operation clinton cleanup

No problem. That pic has been posted several times before.


37 posted on 07/02/2005 8:37:50 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Re your post #21 - "...You journalists are off the hook."

LOL...
38 posted on 07/02/2005 8:38:04 PM PDT by summer
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To: L.N. Smithee

Old O'Donnell bought the farm
http://sisu.typepad.com/sisu/2004/10/the_dark_before.html

MR. O'DONNELL: Look, it's not our job to lie about war to make troops feel good. And I don't care what they feel.

MR. BLANKLEY: I don't --

MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Let me finish.

MR. O'DONNELL: I don't care what they feel about the truth of this war. If John Kerry thinks this war is a mistake and if the United States of America elects him president, the troops are going to have to live with that. And they know better than anyone else whether it was a mistake or not.

MR. BUCHANAN: The commander-in-chief should not undermine the troops --

MR. O'DONNELL: He's not undermining anything.

MR. MCLAUGHLIN: Do you want to make a point here?

MR. BUCHANAN: He'd demoralize them.

MR. MCLAUGHLIN: All right, the human --

MR. O'DONNELL: I don't care if they're demoralized. They have to go to war and be prepared --

MR. BUCHANAN: The commander-in-chief does care.

MR. O'DONNELL: -- to live with the debate that goes on in the United States about whether it's right or wrong.

MR. BUCHANAN: But if you're going to be commander-in-chief, you cannot be demoralizing the troops in wartime, even if you think the war is a mistake.

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/000699.htm ( Lawrence O'Donnell screamed at John O'Neill scenario)Think he is related to Rosie? ;)


39 posted on 07/02/2005 8:39:17 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Howlin
Wilson is in love with himself and his image, isnt he?

He was a 3rd rate diplomat that got nowhere on his talents and skills... had to ride his wife (no pun intended) to some level of notoriety.

40 posted on 07/02/2005 8:40:14 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (The cheese stands alone.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Clinton White House never, never, never, never, ever "leaked" anything, except on a blue dress in the Oval Orifice!!!
41 posted on 07/02/2005 8:41:31 PM PDT by danamco
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To: summer
Don't mention it. This latest thing with Rove is a joke, no? Weren't the dems just saying a while back during the Durbin controversy that such things are distractions? No double standard there, is there?

Peace :-)

42 posted on 07/02/2005 8:41:54 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: South40

Peace :-)


43 posted on 07/02/2005 8:42:44 PM PDT by summer
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To: Howlin

Gonna have to get the white jackets out when these liberals learn that it wasn't Rove

On the other hand .. their melt down is kind of funny to watch


44 posted on 07/02/2005 8:42:49 PM PDT by Mo1 (We will stay in the fight until the fight is won ~~~ President G.W. Bush)
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To: Mo1

They won't believe it.


45 posted on 07/02/2005 8:44:10 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

We already know they are willing to lie and forge documents. Beyond that, who knows? They've tried to pull down Delay, and know they are hoping to nail Rove.

I wouldn't put it past them to come up with another Anita Hill sex scandal/accusation against someone high up. Just find some woman to say "Karl Rove fondled me at a party". No witness needed, just her word against his. Then drag it on for months and months hoping that some of it will stick.


46 posted on 07/02/2005 8:44:28 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: South40
This latest thing with Rove is a joke, no?

It is a joke. So far, now, I am getting that he testified and answered questions, gave permission for reporters to talk, and his lawyer says he didn't leak any classified info, and he is not a target of any investigation -- yet the Dems have him resigning as a result. I am not quite following the Dem logic, but since the MSM won't report that Rove gave the same permission to reporters that the Dem Libby did, I don't see there is much chance the Dem posters will be discussing that aspect of O'Donnell's "big scoop."
47 posted on 07/02/2005 8:45:55 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
"...You journalists are off the hook."

Just to be clear, I was not praising them (yo, your off the hook!), I was trying to take the fall for them!

48 posted on 07/02/2005 8:46:58 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (The cheese stands alone.)
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To: Howlin

And they will get even angier

And they will continue to lose elections

These people are so wrapped up with hate ... they will never get it


49 posted on 07/02/2005 8:47:10 PM PDT by Mo1 (We will stay in the fight until the fight is won ~~~ President G.W. Bush)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

re your post #48 - Oh, I know. :)


50 posted on 07/02/2005 8:47:59 PM PDT by summer
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