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Submitted by julio de la vega (Spain), Dec 2, 2003 at 12:12

It is possible to mix fact and fantasy dealing with secret services. It may become a temptation, for reasons easy to understand. But it does not go so simple to reject it because the sources remain unknown. Covering a world of mystery, it doesn't sound odd that misterious sources are involved. In good reporting, do the journalists reveal all their sources? Rather we all know that very often they gather information under the explicit condition of not unveiling the source. And nobody discredit the report for it. People may believe it or not, but checking it must wait for confirmation from events. Why not here? Is there any later event denying what Ostrovsky says? Personally. I am inclined to believe him. And that for two main reasons. One, that too many guys are interested in taking away his credit, and I don't see any significant outcome from their efforts. And the second is the clumsy move of the Mossad: if the sensitive part of it is fantasy and the true part are normal procedures of all services, why such an anxiety in preventing the publication?
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