There was a lot of investigations and research done by FReepers back when this story came out, and even more details in the months afterward. I read them with interest. You're right, there was one old wacky bird who knew of the story back from the day it occured and tried to sell it. The conspiracy part was this: How long did the Drive by Media know of it before they all ran with it the Friday before the election? Some say as much as a year!
You'll have to do a search from that time period. I don't have any links.