KILLIAN MEMO UPDATE….CBS has now acknowledged that Bill Burkett was the source of the Killian memos. They released the following statement today:
Bill Burkett, in a weekend interview with CBS News Anchor and Correspondent Dan Rather, has acknowledged that he provided the now-disputed documents used in the Sept. 8 “60 Minutes Wednesday” report on President Bush?s service in the Texas Air National Guard.
Burkett, a retired National Guard lieutenant colonel, also admits that he deliberately misled the CBS News producer working on the report, giving her a false account of the documents? origins to protect a promise of confidentiality to the actual source.
Burkett originally said he obtained the documents from another former Guardsman. Now he says he got them from a different source whose connection to the documents and identity CBS News has been unable to verify to this point.
The interview with Burkett will be aired on the CBS Evening News tonight.