It certainly seems logical that the investigation Reilley refers to should overlap with the one Lewy refers to. This highlights another relevant point: given that Kerry was at the forefront of the VVAW's allegations, it can be assumed the Navy would have investigated the matter. This raises the question, where are the findings?--which not only bears on Lewy's statement, but gets back to the issue of Kerry's incomplete disclosure of his military records, and the gap in the FBI VVAW releases from the Dewey Canyon III/Winter Soldier period I mentioned above. I will add that Kerry's personal FBI file has not been released, either--it is referenced in the VVAW files with its file number, but was not included with the 2004 releases of the Bureau's VVAW files. Kerry certainly has the file himself via FOIA. Why he chose not to release his FBI file in 2004 is a question he needs to be asked, and the answer may well bear on the present topic.
Regarding Lewy's health, I don't know his current health, but he was born in 1923, so he would've been in his 50s when he wrote his book, and about 81 at the time he was interviewed for that article, closer to 85 today.
posted on 01/21/2008 3:22:23 PM PST
Good point that has me thinking - perhaps should we have all candidates release their FBI files.
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