Primer synthesis problems

Austin P. So (Hae Jin) nobody at
Sat Dec 11 16:53:10 EST 2004

reports. What he thought was wrong with it was that there were
things in it that should have been redacted that weren't and
things exposed that should have been blacked out. For instance,
there is a phrase as follows, "a secret air base for the purpose
of inspecting [things] from outer space." Newman notes that the
brackets around the word "things" denote that it had been
previously redacted. It should not have. The words "outer space"
should have been redacted and they never were. On the basis of
this and other inconsistencies, he decided it was a "good"
forgery from someone who knew what they were doing. He told PBS
this four years ago when they showed it to him. The fact that
this document purportedly revealing sensitive information was
exposed in 1993 when he saw it, before the JFK Act when into
effect, justifies even more suspicion about its origin and

Spoto's book adds more to the suspicion about the document, and
perhaps the information in Capell's pamphlet. Spoto notes that on
August 3, 1962, the day the above memo was distributed, Kilgallen
printed an item in her column saying that Marilyn was "vastly
alluring to a handsome gentleman who is a bigger name than Joe
DiMaggio" (p. 600). Spoto notes the source for Kilgallen's story
as Howard Rothberg, the man named in the memo. This is
interesting for more than one reason. First, Spoto writes that
Rothberg was "a New York interior designer with no connection at
all to Marilyn or her circle." (Ibid.) This means that he was
likely getting his "information" through a third, unnamed source.

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