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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.

"I don't mind if John Kerry shows anybody anything," he said. "If he wants to let anybody in, that's his business. Go bug John Kerry, and leave me alone." The exclusivity agreement, he said, simply requires "that anybody quoting any of the material needs to cite my book."

Now, God knows what happened out there in Vietnam 35 years ago. Like the man [1] 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.

  1. Old Bill Shakespeare in Henry V, I believe.

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