The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Nothing to stop Kerry releasing his Vietnam archive
I'd no intention of touching any aspect of the Swift Boat farrago.
But I'm curious about one thing: first, Kerry says he can't release his Vietnam journals because he signed an exclusivity agreement with Douglas Brinkley, author of Tour of Duty.
And now Brinkley is saying there's no such deal:
The Kerry campaign has refused to release Kerry's personal Vietnam archive, including his journals and letters, saying that the senator is contractually bound to grant Brinkley exclusive access to the material. But Brinkley said this week the papers are the property of the senator and in his full control.
Now, God knows what happened out there in Vietnam 35 years ago. Like the man  said, old men forget.
But the terms of a contract entered into between Kerry and Brinkley's publishers within the last couple of years is not a he said, she said: it's a question of opening a file. The swish of a filing cabinet, if not the click of a mouse.
Either Brinkley or Kerry is lying. I rather think we should know which.
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