Baghdad Diarist Shock Troops Exposed

Not long ago Little Green Footballs, exposed “Scott Thomas”, the Baghdad Diarist, a guest author on The New Republic as a fraud.

The Weekly Standard has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp — author of the much-disputed “Shock Troops” article in the New Republic’s July 23 issue as well as two previous “Baghdad Diarist” columns — signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods — fabrications containing only “a smidgen of truth,” in the words of our source. 

The New Republic insisted the author was telling the truth, however, the Editor even went as far as saying that he meet with “Scott Thomas”.

As recently as July 26, 2007 The New Republic posted assertations from “Scott Thomas” that he stood by his posts

Nothing public has been heard from Beauchamp since his statement standing by his stories, which was posted on the New Republic website at 6:30 a.m. on July 26.

 So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, “I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.”

As of August 2, The New Republic Editor,

complained that the military investigation was “short-circuiting” The New Republic’s own fact-checking efforts. “Beauchamp,” they said, “had his cell-phone and computer taken away and is currently unable to speak to even his family. His fellow soldiers no longer feel comfortable communicating with reporters. If further substantive information comes to light, TNR will, of course, share it with you.”

The military investigation is done and LGF is proven correct in his initial postings.

“An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.”

According to the military source, Beauchamp’s recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military’s investigation.

I guess The New Republic is still in denial, as this is their stance as of today:




A STATEMENT ON SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP:We’ve talked to military personnel directly involved in the events that Scott Thomas Beauchamp described, and they corroborated his account as detailed in our statement. When we called Army spokesman Major Steven F. Lamb and asked about an anonymously sourced allegation that Beauchamp had recanted his articles in a sworn statement, he told us, “I have no knowledge of that.” He added, “If someone is speaking anonymously [to The Weekly Standard], they are on their own.” When we pressed Lamb for details on the Army investigation, he told us, “We don’t go into the details of how we conduct our investigations.”

The Editors

posted 2:32 p.m.

An earlier blog post I never finished…

FoxNews is questioning who is the Baghdad Diarist from New Republic? The pen name of the Baghdad Diarist is Scott Thomas and he claims to be stationed in Iraq and commiting Atrocities. He claims he is using a pen name because he is in the military and he has to. Based on comments on the Weekly standard, comments from people with knowledge of Baghdad and the base the Baghdad Diarist claims to be stationed at, have raised flags of authenticity of the author.

FoxNews reports

“Franklin Foer, editor of The New Republic, says he has met the mystery writer
and knows with “near certainty” that he is a GI.”

So he is a GI, that does not mean what he is purporting as truth is the truth. It does not mean he is serving in Iraq and it certainly does not mean that there is truth in his account of events.


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