Because I believe in publicly noting when new information comes to light about stories I've written on, unlike some blogs with a far larger audience aka Powerline, I present this update, courtesy of the correspondents corner at Altercation.
Name: D.C. Smith
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
About the Saddam Hussein capture story, apparently UPI is disavowing it. The day after this story came out, a Weblog maintained by the World Editors' Forum ran the following note from UPI's Pamela Hess:
I'm the UPI Pentagon correspondent. This is actually not a true story. It was written in a Saudi paper, and picked up by our Arabic-speaking desk in Lebanon. However, I've not been able to find any evidence that this guy exists, much less that he was in the Marine Corps. The story was not run by me before it was published, and we have since pointed out the errors in the piece. Any questions, please contact me.
Pamela Hess, UPI.
As I noted when I wrote about it, I didn't know what to make of the story, even though I didn't find it hard to imagine that it could have happened, and still don't. That's what happens when the administration pulls the kind of shit it has for the last five years--you get to where you find things that might seem ridiculous as quite plausible.