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(Today is DAY 4, But We're Just Catching Up Out Here on the West Coast)
By Brad Friedman on 7/14/2005 11:18am PT  

White House Spokesboy slash liar, Scottie McClellan, the man with the worst portfolio since Terik Aziz was forced to defend Saddam Hussein in public, continued in his third day of his very good Ron Zeigler impression. (Though, in truth, we noticed the similarities long before the rest of the Leftie Pundits seem to have. And huge kudos to John Amato at C&L for getting up the video from a 1973 CBS report with an earily similar ring to it!) He "continued to stonewall on questions surrounding Karl Rove and the Plame case", as Editor & Publisher described it.

Here are a few of the most surprising exchanges. The likes of which led Jon Stewart on The Daily Tuesday to suggest that someone must have "secretly replaced the White House Press Corp with actual reporters."

Q Scott, you know what, to make a general observation here, in a previous administration, if a press secretary had given the sort of answers you've just given in referring to the fact that everybody who works here enjoys the confidence of the President, Republicans would have hammered them as having a kind of legalistic and sleazy defense. I mean, the reality is that you're parsing words, and you've been doing it for a few days now. So does the President think Karl Rove did something wrong, or doesn't he?
...
McCLELLAN: Again, we've been round and round on this for a couple of days now. I don't have anything to add to what I've said the previous two days.

Q That's a different question, and it's not round and round --

McCLELLAN: You heard from the President earlier.

Q It has nothing to do with the investigation, Scott, and you know it.
...
McCLELLAN: ... This is all relating to questions about an ongoing investigation, and I've been through this.

Q If I wanted to ask you about an ongoing investigation, I would ask you about the statute, and I'm not doing that.

McCLELLAN: I think we've exhausted discussion on this the last couple of days.

Q You haven't even scratched the surface.

Q It hasn't started.
...
McCLELLAN: Again, this is a creative way to come out to the same kind of questions.

Q You're right, it is, and I want an answer.

Wow. Are we dreaming? Where did those guys come from? And where have they been for the last 4 and a half years???

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(Today is DAY 4, But We're Just Catching Up Out Here on the West Coast)
By Brad Friedman on 7/14/2005 11:07am PT  

White House Spokesboy slash liar, Scottie McClellan, the man with the worst portfolio since Terik Aziz was forced to defend Saddam Hussein in public, continued in his third day of his very good Ron Zeigler impression. (Though, in truth, we noticed the similarities long before the rest of the Leftie Pundits seem to have. And huge kudos to John Amato at C&L for getting up the video from a 1973 CBS report with an earily similar ring to it!) He "continued to stonewall on questions surrounding Karl Rove and the Plame case", as Editor & Publisher described it.

Here are a few of the most surprising exchanges. The likes of which led Jon Stewart on The Daily Tuesday to suggest that someone must have "secretly replaced the White House Press Corp with actual reporters."

Q Scott, you know what, to make a general observation here, in a previous administration, if a press secretary had given the sort of answers you've just given in referring to the fact that everybody who works here enjoys the confidence of the President, Republicans would have hammered them as having a kind of legalistic and sleazy defense. I mean, the reality is that you're parsing words, and you've been doing it for a few days now. So does the President think Karl Rove did something wrong, or doesn't he?
...
McCLELLAN: Again, we've been round and round on this for a couple of days now. I don't have anything to add to what I've said the previous two days.

Q That's a different question, and it's not round and round --

McCLELLAN: You heard from the President earlier.

Q It has nothing to do with the investigation, Scott, and you know it.
...
McCLELLAN: ... This is all relating to questions about an ongoing investigation, and I've been through this.

Q If I wanted to ask you about an ongoing investigation, I would ask you about the statute, and I'm not doing that.

McCLELLAN: I think we've exhausted discussion on this the last couple of days.

Q You haven't even scratched the surface.

Q It hasn't started.
...
McCLELLAN: Again, this is a creative way to come out to the same kind of questions.

Q You're right, it is, and I want an answer.

Wow. Are we dreaming? Where did those guys come from? And where have they been for the last 4 and a half years???

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(Today is DAY 4, But We're Just Catching Up Out Here on the West Coast)
By Brad Friedman on 7/14/2005 11:00am PT  

White House Spokesboy slash liar, Scottie McClellan, the man with the worst portfolio since Terik Aziz was forced to defend Saddam Hussein in public, continued in his third day of his very good Ron Zeigler impression. (Though, in truth, we noticed the similarities long before the rest of the Leftie Pundits seem to have. And huge kudos to John Amato at C&L for getting up the video from a 1973 CBS report with an earily similar ring to it!) He "continued to stonewall on questions surrounding Karl Rove and the Plame case", as Editor & Publisher described it.

Here are a few of the most surprising exchanges. The likes of which led Jon Stewart on The Daily Tuesday to suggest that someone must have "secretly replaced the White House Press Corp with actual reporters."

Q Scott, you know what, to make a general observation here, in a previous administration, if a press secretary had given the sort of answers you've just given in referring to the fact that everybody who works here enjoys the confidence of the President, Republicans would have hammered them as having a kind of legalistic and sleazy defense. I mean, the reality is that you're parsing words, and you've been doing it for a few days now. So does the President think Karl Rove did something wrong, or doesn't he?
...
McCLELLAN: Again, we've been round and round on this for a couple of days now. I don't have anything to add to what I've said the previous two days.

Q That's a different question, and it's not round and round --

McCLELLAN: You heard from the President earlier.

Q It has nothing to do with the investigation, Scott, and you know it.
...
McCLELLAN: ... This is all relating to questions about an ongoing investigation, and I've been through this.

Q If I wanted to ask you about an ongoing investigation, I would ask you about the statute, and I'm not doing that.

McCLELLAN: I think we've exhausted discussion on this the last couple of days.

Q You haven't even scratched the surface.

Q It hasn't started.
...
McCLELLAN: Again, this is a creative way to come out to the same kind of questions.

Q You're right, it is, and I want an answer.

Wow. Are we dreaming? Where did those guys come from? And where have they been for the last 4 and a half years???

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The Ambassador Strikes Back, Answers to the Right Wing Spin Machine
*** A BRAD BLOG EXCLUSIVE ***
By Brad Friedman on 7/13/2005 2:45pm PT  

Ambassador Joseph Wilson fired back today at the Rightwing Spin Machine, which, having been issued marching orders late yesterday in a set of talking points from the RNC, is once again hoping to distract from the potentially treasonous crimes that George W. Bush's top political operative and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, is alleged to have committed.

In a phone discussion early this afternoon, Wilson told The BRAD BLOG in no uncertain terms that "the President should fire Rove."

He told us that he'd be appearing on NBC's Today Show tomorrow morning and would be repeating that call.

As well, he told The BRAD BLOG that he planned to read a letter on air which he received from Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush shortly after an article of his was printed in the San Jose Mercury News, on October 13, 2002, in which Wilson related his concerns about the pitfalls of the approach to Iraq being taken at the time by both the U.N. and the U.S.

In reply to that article, Wilson said that the former President wrote that he had "read your article and I agree with a lot of it."

Additionally, Wilson explained, Bush 41's own National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, had contacted him to ask whether he "could walk on over to the White House with the letter" at the time. Which apparently he did.

Wilson also had sent the article to Bush 41's Secretary of State, James Baker.

"None of them responded saying you're a Democratic partisan hack and your views suck," said Wilson.

The above points are notable, because armed with those RNC talking points, Rush Limbaugh, Fox "News" and Friends have today kicked into overdrive smearing and lying about Wilson, claiming that he was against the Iraq War from the get-go.

If fact, Wilson, who was in charge of the Embassy in Iraq during the first Gulf War under Bush 41 (he was the last American to speak personally with Saddam Hussein before the war begain, and was responsible for taking care of some 125 Americans who had sought refuge in the American Embassy there when they were not allowed by Saddam to leave the country just prior to the war), says that it was "a full eight months" after he was sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate claims that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium there, "before I had said anything publicly about what America should consider in regard to a war with Iraq."

"My real concern was always WMD," he told us, "not Regime Change."

That concern was expressed in the October 2002, San Jose Mercury News editorial which apparently George W. Bush's own father and National Security Advisor tended to agree with. Wilson's trip to Niger occurred a full eight months earlier, in February of that same year.

We asked him if he had heard Fox "News'" John Gibson make his deplorable and irresponsible statement yesterday which said that "Karl Rove should receive a medal," because Wilson's wife, covert CIA asset Valerie Plame, "should have been outed."

"Where I come from," slurred Gibson, "we do not want secret spy masters pulling the puppet strings in the background.

Gibson's "logic", such that he has any, seems to be based on the unsupported claims that Plame --- or Wilson's "little wifey" as Gibson condescendingly referred to her --- was "pulling the puppet strings" of national policy from her covert position in the CIA, by sending Wilson to Niger. That was, in Gibson's false claim, because Wilson, "was opposed to the War in Iraq, opposed to Bush policy, and pointedly and loudly said so."

No, he didn't, Mr. Gibson. Never mind those pesky facts. It's only Fox "News" you work for, so we realize such facts are hardly relevant to you receiving your paycheck there.

"That is something that should be out in the open," blathered Gibson, "And the person doing it should be identified and should own up to it. So Rove should get a medal, if he did do what he says he didn't do."

In response, Wilson simply said, "Well, that's a lie. But no surprise there."

In the meantime, despite such pesky facts, the wingnuts also continue to claim that Plame was, in fact, not even a covert asset at the time of her outing.

The BRAD BLOG has learned from several sources, as also confirmed in Time magazine that Plame was indeed a "NOC", an agent with "nonofficial cover", the most valuable, secretive and vulnerable of CIA assets.

In regard to whether she was covert or not at the time of her outing by Rove, Bob Novak or whoever his "two senior administration sources" were, Wilson said, "What I can say is, that the CIA looked at the evidence of what had happened and referred the case to the Justice Department. That means that the CIA may think that a crime has been committed."

On Rightwing Hackery hoping to cynically deflect from the seriousness of the potentially treasonous crime committed by claiming that "Wilson lied" about his wife's involvement in sending him to Niger, Wilson says, "In actual fact, all I've done is repeat what the CIA itself has said since July 22nd, 2003 as reported initially in Newsday by Knut Royce and Tim Phelps."

That Newsday article says [emphasis added]:

A senior intelligence official confirmed that Plame was a Directorate of Operations undercover officer who worked "alongside" the operations officers who asked her husband to travel to Niger.

But he said she did not recommend her husband to undertake the Niger assignment. "They [the officers who did ask Wilson to check the uranium story] were aware of who she was married to, which is not surprising," he said. "There are people elsewhere in government who are trying to make her look like she was the one who was cooking this up, for some reason," he said. "I can't figure out what it could be."

"The CIA said [my wife] was not the person to have authorized my trip. They've repeated that time and time again."

And the Bush Apologists, who suddenly don't seem to care all that much about National Security after all, keep repeating the opposite. Time and time again.

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And Why Americans Should Hate Him in Return...
By Brad Friedman on 7/13/2005 12:23pm PT  

Perhaps he's desperate to be as popularly hated as his colleague Bill O'Reilly. Who knows for sure? But Fox "News'" John Gibson has been desperately and shamefully attempting to grab headlines lately. At any and all costs.

Last Thursday after the bombings in London, Gibson appallingly said, "This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics --- let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

That, the day after he'd said about the choice to hold the Olympics in London in 2012: "If they had picked France instead of London to hold the Olympics, it would have been the one time we could look forward to where we didn't worry about terrorism. They'd blow up Paris, and who cares?"

Gibson, irony-of-ironies, wrote a book recently attempting to answer the question of why the world hates America. As far as we know, however, he didn't include a chapter simply entitled "Me". But he should have.

(The rest of Gibson's America Hating Fox compatriots were equally despicable vis a vis the London Bombings last week. In case you missed any of it, MediaMatters has compiled a round-up of all the good hating from Fox.)

But Gibson outdid even himself in the way of slimy smears on behalf of his paymasters at the Republican Party and the Fox Republican "News" Channel by leading the way yesterday with what is quickly becoming the desperate Spin du Jour in the PlameGate/Karl Rove matter. Oliver Willis was there...

Fox News: Anti National Security

FOX News anchor John Gibson just said onair that he thought Karl Rove deserves a medal if he outed Valerie Plame. Let me repeat: John Gibson, anchor at the FOX News Channel, says he believes that we ought to expose our covert government agents and harm national security… as long as it benefits Republicans.

These people are sick, and a danger to America.

None worse, Oliver.

He has the full video. Prepare to be wholly disgusted.

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By Brad Friedman on 7/13/2005 11:37am PT  

As readers know, our friend Andy Stephenson, a founding advisor of ours at VelvetRevolution.us passed away last Thursday night after a short, but heroic fight against pancreatic cancer.

His death came on the day prior to the BRAD BLOGATHON (wherein the readers took the joint over, so we could not post here at all!) and therefore I was unable to follow up with a few items of note. I shall do so now.

Those who knew of Andy's illness, may also have known about the disgraceful ghouls at FreeRepublic and elsewhere who had made a quick industry out of challenging Andy's illness after the Internet community came together to quickly raise $50,000 for Andy's surgery at Johns Hopkins (he had no health insurance after being unemployed in the wake of leaving Black Box Voting where Bev Harris and he parted on very less than good terms).

The loathesome Freepers charged that the fundraising effort was fraud, and succeeded in having his PayPal account frozen until an investigation proved that his needs were legit. That little act of thoughtfulness on the part of the repugnant folks who would unrepentingly do such a thing, helped to delay Andy's surgery for three weeks and added an unconscionable additional burden to his final weeks of life and death struggle.

There is some discussion on that, some words of tribute, and information on a memorial service to be held for Andy at Town Hall in Seattle at 1119 Eighth Ave., on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. in the following items on his passing from over the last few days...

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By Brad Friedman on 7/13/2005 11:32am PT  

They were as sharp as ever last night. Still the best news program on television. Period.

The first two segments last night were devoted to Rove, natch. And here was one of our favorite moments:

JON STEWART: Stephen, what are the ramifications of this now that Rove's involvement is known?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Well, Bush has a real problem on his hands now, Jon. What honor should he bestow on Karl Rove?

STEWART: Did you say "what honor?"

COLBERT: Yes, Jon...George "Slam Dunk" Tenet got us into Iraq on mistaken intel --- he got the Medal of Freedom. Condi Rice sees a memo warning "Bin Laden Determined to Attack the United States", ignores it --- BOOM! --- gets kicked upstairs to Secret of State...For a bungle this bad, I think we might be looking at Chief Justice Karl Rove. Jon?

Crooks and Liars has the full video coverage...

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...And not a moment too soon!...
By Brad Friedman on 7/13/2005 10:56am PT  

What follows this post may likely be a flurry of posts which I've been unable to make while I've been busting at the seams during my mostly involuntary BLOGATHON captivity. So, very quickly...

The BLOGATHON was an extraordinary event, no matter the financial results (and I don't know what they were yet since it was all set up and run by readers --- but I'm praying that we at least covered the expenses for it!) I consider the effort a tremendous success as well as a tremendously moving experience for me. Thanking Steve and Winter Patriot here is not enough since there were scores of folks that are due thanks. I shall try to do so in the coming days. For the moment, please see Winter Patriot's many thanks, followed by Commander Steve's in the comments for that item! Though I should also point to Mr. Conyers' incredible words posted last night which just blew me away. In the current political atmosphere, it is truly we who owe our thanks to him, not vice versa. But we graciously accept and appreciate his thoughtful words.

Thanks to every single one of you who participated in any way over the last several days and last several months to help support The BRAD BLOG and SHOW. Without you, I am nothing.

The map to the cornucopia of mad events that was the BLOGATHON Travelling Circus will be up and available in perpetuity for those who may have missed anything over the last several days, or wish to review the festivities. There is a treasure trove there to be explored! Enjoy!

In the meantime, I know you guys would love for me to get back to work here just about as much as I would love to do so myself...What a perfect bunch of days to have been held hostage and unable to report here! :-)

So get ready for a flurry of delicious and wholesome BRADness... It's time to light it up, bitches!...

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By Winter Patriot on 7/12/2005 11:21pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The First Annual BRAD BLOGATHON has been running for just over a hundred hours, and as you probably know, our primary motivation was to raise some much-needed funds for The BRAD SHOW and Brad's other very important work. We've been asking, and you've been responding. Thank you very much for that. We cannot say Brad's cup runneth over, but at least his cupboard is no longer quite so bare.

We hope you'll continue to make the occasional donation via Credit Card or PayPal or Snail Mail and that you'll make a habit of shopping at The BRAD STORE, but we're going to stop pestering you about it, at least for a while. We agree that The BRAD BLOG is much better with Brad here than without him, and we're ready to give him back his keys. So we've reached the point where we need to say "thanks"... to a lot of people!

To all who have contributed financially, with cash donations or by shopping at The BRAD STORE, or both: Your support is sincerely appreciated, and we thank you very much. Brad's work could not continue without your support, and we wish there were more of you. So go forth and multiply, will you? ;-)

To our excellent guest bloggers: to Josh Mitteldorf, Bernie Ellis, Chris Floyd, Gandhi, David Cobb, Larisa Alexandrovna, John Amato, Bob Koehler, Bob Fitrakis, and Clint Curtis: Many thanks to all of you! What an incredible lineup! We are very grateful for you support, as well as your blogging! And we hope you've enjoyed the time you've spent here with us.

To the loyal BRAD BLOG readers who contributed their time and their skills and their ideas and their enthusiasm to make all this possible; to Tracy, Peg, Joan and Robert for their very generous contributions; to Torqued, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes on any technical thing anyone asked him to do; to Steve, who conceived the idea, and who worked so hard to make sure it happened; to all these people and to many others whose names I cannot possibly mention here [including some whose names I do not even know!], we offer our deepest gratitude.

And now, as we turn to the man of the hour ... or the man of the blog... I have so much to say ... and so few words ... I was thinking clearly --- or at least I was thinking a bit more clearly than I am now --- when I wrote this entry in please don't read my blog:

It's always an honor to sit in for him while he's gone. A great digger, a very good writer, a brave and honest patriot, and a very, very funny man, Brad's my choice: there's nobody in the world I would rather help.

That was back in May, and although I wouldn't take any of those words back, I no longer see them as adequate. There's more ... there's so much more ... that I want to say ... but ... shucks, folks ... I get so tongue-tied sometimes ... oh, you know ... hey, listen: Barry Mann and Gerry Goffin said it better than I ever could, way back in 1961:

You know what, Brad?
Bomp bah bah bomp, bah bomp bah bomp bomp.
Yes, my friend, rama lama ding dong forever.
And when I say, dip da dip da dip da dip
You know I mean it from the bottom
of my boogity boogity boogity shoo.

And so ... without further doo-wop ...
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Brad Friedman!

Welcome home, Brad! We've missed you!!

This is the final item of the First Annual BRAD BLOGATHON, conceived and implemented by readers of The BRAD BLOG! Please help keep Brad blogging. You can click HERE to donate using PayPal or your credit card, or click HERE to donate using snail mail. Many thanks on behalf of Brad and the Bloggers behind the Blogathon!
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A Message from Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
By Winter Patriot on 7/12/2005 9:03pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Greetings Brad and Bradbloggers,

It is with great appreciation and many thanks that I write to congratulate Brad on his success. Brad's work is more than just good reading--his insight, his diligence, and his staying power make him one of the most informative progressive voices in the alternative media.

For all your work, and for your unwavering ability to speak truth to power, Brad, I thank you.

Yours,

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

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We Have Two Winners --- And One LOSER!
By Steve Viele on 7/12/2005 8:37pm PT  

Guest Blogged by Steve Viele

As avid readers of this space already know, we had to split the Clint Curtis Puppy-Naming Contest into two parts once we realized that we don't know whether Clint's new dog will be male or female. Clint chose one name for each possibility. So we get two winners.

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(Submitted by BRAD, who is still not allowed to post directly on his own blog!)
By Winter Patriot on 7/12/2005 4:36pm PT  

As discussed last week, our man in the White House, Eric Brewer (actually, BTCNews.com's man, but as he's the only active blogger actually working also as a White House Correspondent, and has been a friend to The BRAD SHOW, we consider him "our man" as well) was holding the Administration's feet to the fire in regard to the huge increase in the number of terrorism incidents in the world since George W. Bush's "War on Terror" was supposedly meant to reduce them.

Of keener interest to Brewer seems to be the fact that the White House seems to be lying to the American People about those numbers.

Thankfully, Brewer is in place to try to keep them honest even while the rest of the White House Press Corps seems unable to do so with regard to anything...other than their newly displayed cajones concerning Karl Rove...which should have been a chip shot for them in the first place anyway.

While Scottie was busy sweating out the Rove questions today, he turned to Brewer for some relief. He didn't get any.

Brewer asked:

The president has said that invading Iraq has made the world safer, but the government's own terrorism statistics show a dramatic increase in the number of international terrorist attacks since the invasion, and the London bombings have demonstrated that the flypaper theory was just a theory. Can you explain the disconnect between the administration's rhetoric on this issue and the reality on the ground?

Click here to read the whole new set of lies McClellan had to resort to in order to dodge the facts included in Brewer's question...

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By Winter Patriot on 7/12/2005 2:33pm PT  

Guest blogged by Gandhi.

INTRODUCTION {by Winter Patriot}: I am pleased to introduce one of my favorite bloggers, the Australian known as "Gandhi". His blog, Bush Out (by Gandhi), is a treasure trove of factual material concerning the bush administration and its rush to war, its record of deceit, and much else. For quite a while now I have been asking readers of my own blog to check out Gandhi's work, and I am very pleased to share a small excerpt of it with you today.

Does Reality Even Matter?

I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down,
But still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all.

-- Joni Mitchell

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from The BRAD STORE
By Winter Patriot on 7/12/2005 12:11pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Christmas is coming! Birthdays are coming! All sorts of events require you to give gifts. But what to give?

You need some great gift ideas!!

How about these???

Donate $50 and receive as our gift a copy of Dr Fitrakis' excellent new book:Did George W. Bush Steal The 2004 Presidential Election? Essential Documents

Or ... donate $50 and receive as our gift a copy of Robert Lockwook Mills' excellent new book: The Lindbergh Syndrome: Heroes And Celebrities In A New Gilded Age

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Blogathon HELD OVER For YOUR Blogging Pleasure
By Winter Patriot on 7/11/2005 9:15pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

BLOGATHON TUESDAY?? Yep. The BRAD BLOGATHON has been extended. For more details, click here.

SPECIAL RULES will be in effect for the duration of the Blogathon. We will start a new open thread for each day of the event. PLEASE stay on-topic on the other blogathon threads; but POST FREELY on whatever subjects you like on the open threads. OFF-TOPIC comments on other threads may be subject to relocation or removal.

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