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Gore accused of sexual assault? (Sorry, this Enquirer report lacks credibility)
Hotair ^ | 06/24/2010 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 06/24/2010 10:51:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yes, I know that few political figures on the Left are more disliked than Al Gore, for a number of reasons, not least of which is the ingracious and destructive campaign Gore launched in Florida that has colored American politics ever since. He also routinely blasted the Bush administration on the war while demanding action on climate change, and at the same time fattened his own pocketbook and lived a carbon-emission-rich lifestyle. He’s not a terribly likable figure, but at the same time, this seems very suspicious to me:

Former Vice President Al Gore was accused of “unwanted sexual contact” by a massage therapist in 2006, law enforcement officials said Wednesday, noting that no charges were filed.

In a written statement, the Portland police said “the case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.”

The statement followed a report in the National Enquirer, which broke the story, and then in the Portland Oregonian, which had earlier decided not to publish it because it could not document it.

Essentially, the story is that Gore wanted a “happy ending” with his massage in 2006, and his legitimate masseuse refused to give it. She alleges that Gore grabbed her hand and attempted to get his game on, and that he became verbally abusive when she refused. There were no witnesses to this incident, which at best makes for a “he said, she said” case, even at that time.

This story began floating to the surface earlier this week, and I’ve been getting e-mail about it since yesterday. The story looks very suspicious, for a couple of reasons. According to the police, the woman reported the incident at the time but refused to press charges, apparently unwilling to be named in the press and get attacked for her accusation. Now, several years later, she returned because she wanted to take the case to the media. That hardly instills confidence in the credibility of the accuser.

Perhaps the story is true, and Gore did assault the masseuse. However, I’d put a lot more stock in the accusation had she gone to a legitimate news organization rather than the National Enquirer (like the Oregonian, which asked her to come forward earlier), revealed her name, and publicly stood by the accusation, instead of hiding for four years only to sell the story to a tabloid. As much as I dislike Al Gore politically, this looks like a smear job.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; algorerapecase; cultureofcorruption; nationalenquirer; nowmia; rape; raperape; sexualassault
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1 posted on 06/24/2010 10:51:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Smoking Gun has the police report. Pretty graphic. He is a slime ball and a potential rapist.


2 posted on 06/24/2010 10:52:23 AM PDT by Pete (exponential problems require exponential solutions : 29thday.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

They didn’t mention the rumored affair..


3 posted on 06/24/2010 10:53:07 AM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: SeekAndFind

If she has DNA evidence, Gore may be in trouble. And I can understand her not wanting to be humiliated in the media like Paula Jones and others. I would believe the woman over Gore any day. We already know he is a liar. And the divorce - maybe Tipper knows more than we do.


4 posted on 06/24/2010 10:54:40 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind
this Enquirer report lacks credibility

I don't know. He probably saw that it worked for his boss and thought..."Why not?"

5 posted on 06/24/2010 10:54:44 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Who allowed the worst oil pollution disaster in American history and did nothing?)
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To: SeekAndFind

An accusation lacking credibility never stopped the left and MSM from using it to destroy a Republican.


6 posted on 06/24/2010 10:55:59 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: SeekAndFind
Accuser: Gore Demanded 'Sexual Behaviors' (disturbing details reminiscent of Bill Clinton)
NewsCore via FoxNews.com ^ | June 24, 2010

Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:29:35 AM by ETL

excerpt:

"...the woman tells how Gore greeted her at the door of his room at the Hotel Lucia for the 11 p.m. appointment with a hug that "went on a bit long," then quipped "call me Al." Hotel staff had told the licensed therapist when booking her that the client was Al Gore, but that he was going under the name "Mr Stone."

Gore allegedly asked her to focus on his abdominal area and adductors -- the inner thigh muscles -- as well as his back and other areas.

While his lower body was covered with a sheet, she said, Gore "became vocal" with "muffled moans" and asked her to go lower, getting angry when she refused.

"It appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors," the woman said.

She then asked Gore to show her where he wanted to be massaged and he "grabbed my hand, shoved it down under the sheet to his ***** **** area, my fingers brushing against his ***** and firmly planted my hand on his pubic crest region and said to me 'There!' in a very sharp, loud, angry-sounding tone."

The woman told police she was caught in "a perfect storm" in a room with someone who was "Teflon-coated in terms of his credibility and celebrity status"..."

Police specifically responded to claims by the woman -- who said she remained clothed through the alleged encounter -- that she had noticed her black slacks had "stains" on them.

Police said they did not collect her attire because they believed it would not provide evidence.

“At this point, the Police Bureau does not consider this an ongoing investigation unless new evidence is received in this case,” Wednesday's police statement said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/massage-therapist-claims-gore-groped/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Text+-+Politics%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

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

7 posted on 06/24/2010 10:56:17 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t believe the story, because it has him sexually harassing a woman.


8 posted on 06/24/2010 10:57:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Smear job by who?

He’s beloved by the Left.


9 posted on 06/24/2010 10:57:38 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Dr. Eckleburg

there’s something on Drudge about him attacking a poodle. Maybe Tipper’s


10 posted on 06/24/2010 10:58:08 AM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: SeekAndFind

Having read the account on the Smoking Gun... it has the ring of truth.


11 posted on 06/24/2010 10:59:01 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: SeekAndFind

BTCBE.


12 posted on 06/24/2010 10:59:12 AM PDT by bobby.223
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To: SeekAndFind

Men who have not attempted to rape women just don’t get it and women who have never been victims of attempted or actual rape prefer to believe *it could never happen to me*.

Her description is very much like discussions I have had with women whose memories for detail are as if it happened yesterday.

Her account is full of minutiae which would be difficult to manufacture.

I believe her story.

Her actions following the assault are also understandable - she is experiencing precisely what she feared if she complained: i.e. being called a liar - because the perp is a liberal icon.


13 posted on 06/24/2010 11:00:39 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: dfwgator

>>>>>>I don’t believe the story, because it has him sexually harassing a woman.<<<<<<<<<

That’s my problem with it too.

Gore appears asexual to me.


14 posted on 06/24/2010 11:01:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

“Perhaps the story is true, and Gore did assault the masseuse. However, I’d put a lot more stock in the accusation had she gone to a legitimate news organization”

Dear Ed, the Portland Tribune had the story 10 years ago and felt the need to deep six it. Also, the woman says she saved the evidence. Where ever did she get that idea? Women in the presence of dem pols seem strangely attracted to embarassing themselves by telling whoopers concerning the pols (no pun intended) carnal desires towards them. Clearly the women suffer from IHTT (I’d Hit That Twice) syndrome.


15 posted on 06/24/2010 11:01:11 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: SeekAndFind

unlike the reports against Haley (a republican) which were so substantial the press needed to give them 24/7 coverage!

Imagine that...


16 posted on 06/24/2010 11:01:46 AM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!!!!!)
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To: Venturer

In fact, Gore may plant the story himself to squash to gay rumors.


17 posted on 06/24/2010 11:02:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pete; SkyPilot
From SmokingGun via FReeper SkyPilot...




http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2540747/posts?page=37#37

18 posted on 06/24/2010 11:02:20 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Enquirer is more trustworthy that Rolling Stone, IMHO...................


19 posted on 06/24/2010 11:03:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. He's just some guy in the neighborhood.............)
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To: ETL

Who needs Romance Novels, when you have this?


20 posted on 06/24/2010 11:04:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: All

That (post 18) was from the official police report.


21 posted on 06/24/2010 11:05:38 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Somebody ought to let Ed know that the story has been picked up by the Wapo, Drudge, and other “credible” outlets, and confirmed apparently by the local DA’s office. All of them echo the details in the Enquirer article. It is more than sad that the National Enquirer has, by the default of the traditional press, become something like the newspaper of record, but it is what it is.


22 posted on 06/24/2010 11:06:11 AM PDT by katana (For what is an Irishman ? But a .......)
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To: sauropod

“smear job”....an unfortunate “choice” of words there!


23 posted on 06/24/2010 11:06:34 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: ETL

This woman is telling the truth.


24 posted on 06/24/2010 11:07:31 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: dfwgator

Right. Only if an Evergreen tree comes forward will I believe it.


25 posted on 06/24/2010 11:07:42 AM PDT by Augustinian monk ("Too many freaks and not enough circus tents")
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To: dfwgator
Who needs Romance Novels, when you have this?

Rape has no place in a romance novel. At least not a normal one.

26 posted on 06/24/2010 11:07:47 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: dfwgator
Who needs Romance Novels, when you have this?

Wasn't Al and Tipper's Romance the inspiration for Eric Segal's LOVE STORY ?
27 posted on 06/24/2010 11:10:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Really? Lacks credibility? Like the Edwards one did, right? Right?


28 posted on 06/24/2010 11:10:21 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"In a written statement, the Portland police said “the case was not investigated any further because detectives concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.”"

The police didn't even bother checking out the "stains" which may have contained the creep's DNA!

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"Police specifically responded to claims by the woman -- who said she remained clothed through the alleged encounter -- that she had noticed her black slacks had "stains" on them.

Police said they did not collect her attire because they believed it would not provide evidence.

“At this point, the Police Bureau does not consider this an ongoing investigation unless new evidence is received in this case,” Wednesday's police statement said."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/massage-therapist-claims-gore-groped/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Text+-+Politics%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

29 posted on 06/24/2010 11:12:43 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, you lack the ability to reason.

There are multiple, corroborating sources—including a POLICE REPORT.

Idiot.


30 posted on 06/24/2010 11:12:48 AM PDT by jra
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To: SeekAndFind

Tipper apparently believes it.


31 posted on 06/24/2010 11:14:17 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: SeekAndFind
I have no idea about the veracity of the report. It could be absolutely true, or it could be totally fabricated. However, it does seem plausible to me. Gore lives in a world where he is treated like a rock star. He can say and do whatever he pleases, and he will still be hailed and perceived as being unimpeachable in character by the really “important” people of the world. He can lie repeatedly with a straight face, and get a Nobel prize for it. The MSM never questions anything he does. He is a multi-billionaire who jet sets around the world and hobnobs with celebrities while bashing those of us who drive our cars to work. He lives in multiple mansions but is able to criticize the masses living much simpler lifestyles for their “carbon footprint”. It seems to me that Gore lives in a world where no one says “no” to him. With absolute power comes absolute corruption. Gore is clearly corrupted. That is why I find the report about him plausible. The man has no limits and almost unlimited power. If he had attacked me, I too would be fearful of the consequences of reporting the attack.
32 posted on 06/24/2010 11:15:47 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Sloth
I think it rings true.

The details about the chocolates, etc. don't sound contrived. They are too silly to be fake.

My thought is...if Gore acted so arrogantly it wasn't just an isolated event. There are other women out there.

33 posted on 06/24/2010 11:15:54 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: SeekAndFind
...at this point I realized how crazy and insidious he was...

Money quote.

34 posted on 06/24/2010 11:17:01 AM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard this lady is in her fifties. Is there any photographic evidence available?


35 posted on 06/24/2010 11:18:09 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: SeekAndFind
According to the police, the woman reported the incident at the time but refused to press charges, apparently unwilling to be named in the press and get attacked for her accusation. Now, several years later, she returned because she wanted to take the case to the media. That hardly instills confidence in the credibility of the accuser.

Read any textbook specifically about counseling trauma victims, or look in on any rape and sexual assault support group.

This is the textbook perfect response, whether the author finds it credible or not.

Which does not make the accusation true, it just means the author didn't do his homework.

36 posted on 06/24/2010 11:20:10 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How sad for his (4?) kids to read this stuff about their father....true or not.


37 posted on 06/24/2010 11:21:31 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I’d put a lot more stock in the accusation had she gone to a legitimate news organization rather than the National Enquirer”

I’m not a fan of the National Enquirer, but in all fairness it has actually broken several legitimate stories that the so-called respectable news organizations (i.e. New York Times) didn’t want to touch. The John Edwards/Rielle Hunter story is an example of this. I read the police report (available on Smoking Gun), and the accusation against Al Gore seems credible, but I don’t see how a case against Al Gore could ever be proven in court when there is no physcial evidence, and the only evidence is the testimony of the alleged victim. However, if the accusation is true, and if there are other victims of this type of behavior from Al Gore, it is now more likely that these victims will come forward because of this story.


38 posted on 06/24/2010 11:21:52 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: mdmathis6

Scientific concensus confirms “scrotal warming.”


39 posted on 06/24/2010 11:22:12 AM PDT by Lowcountry (RIP: Peterdanbrokaw)
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To: SeekAndFind

Al Gore has a penis?


40 posted on 06/24/2010 11:22:37 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind
There were no witnesses to this incident, which at best makes for a “he said, she said” case, even at that time.

She saved the pants which may have some "fluid" on them.

There are those who've said if Monica hadn't saved the dress, there would have been no proof in that case either.

41 posted on 06/24/2010 11:23:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
this Enquirer report lacks credibility

That was Mark Halperin's excuse as to why he didn't cover the John Edwards affair with a paid campaign staffer. Mark DID report on the rumored McCain/Lobbyist affair though.

42 posted on 06/24/2010 11:24:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: MrEdd

Her reticence was probably due to the incredible war of hate that was lavished on Clinton’s victims, as well as the undeniable fact that - whatever the result - she really is going to have trouble getting work.

A large percentage of people who would even ask for a masseuse are natural Gore-supporters.


43 posted on 06/24/2010 11:24:46 AM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: SeekAndFind

The article is tame, he’s toast, the police report: http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2010/06/24/heres-the-al-gore-masseuse-police-report/


44 posted on 06/24/2010 11:26:31 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lacks credibility? Drudge says the local media sat on the story for 2 years. I’d say it’s the MSM that lacks credibility.


45 posted on 06/24/2010 11:28:10 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SeekAndFind
Remarkably similar to his one-time boss Bill Clinton. He probably figured if 'Slick Willy' Bill Clinton could get away with it, so could he.

ALL THE EX-PRESIDENT'S SCANDALS
Nurse backs up Clinton rape charge
Attended Broaddrick's wounds after alleged assault in Arkansas

June 26, 2003

[a few excerpts from article...]

Kelsey recalls Broaddrick saying the meeting with Clinton began with small talk, and "she was a little surprised he was by himself."

"She said he was showing her locations outside the window there in Little Rock, and then, all of a sudden, he just kind of grabbed her and started kissing her," remembers Kelsey.

"He overtook her and pushed her to the bed, and from that point on it was just a rape."

Kelsey says Broaddrick explained how her lip became swollen: "He bit her lip to try to keep her from struggling with him."

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=19483

46 posted on 06/24/2010 11:30:24 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanking Katherine Harris for robbing him of the Presidency.


47 posted on 06/24/2010 11:31:11 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Spok

Front page of The Enquirer.


48 posted on 06/24/2010 11:33:11 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tipper got a tip on this...that’s why the split up, she wanted out since he wanted release.......of the news.


49 posted on 06/24/2010 11:36:21 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: SeekAndFind
re: I’d put a lot more stock in the accusation had she gone to a legitimate news organization rather than the National Enquirer

“Legitimate” news organization such as the New York Times, Washington Post, or CNN I suppose. It is sad commentary to me that news organizations that routinely misrepresent, slant, or fail to report negatives about their left-wing buddies are considered legitimate. Granted, the Enquirer is not what I would consider legitimate either. But they sometimes get the story totally right while the "legitimate" news organizations are trying to bury the story.

50 posted on 06/24/2010 11:42:25 AM PDT by Nevadan
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