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'Balt Sun' Blogger Questions 'Wash Post' Documentation

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'Balt Sun' Blogger Questions 'Wash Post' Documentation

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David Nitkin, blogging at The Baltimore Sun's Maryland Politics site, raised the question of why The Washington Post broke a story on a federal investigation into new GOP chairman Michael Steele's failed 2006 Maryland senate campaign, then redacted elements of a document it posted from the probe.

"The document was prepared by lawyers for Alan B. Fabian, who had been Steele's Senate campaign finance chairman, as Fabian sought a reduced sentence after pleading guilty to unrelated fraud charges," Nitkin, the Sun's politics editor, wrote. "It was intended to show, in part, that Fabian was willing to cooperate in other inquiries, and had knowledge of alleged wrongdoing that he believed was valuable. The Post reported that the judge did not give Fabian credit for agreeing to participate in any investigation that involved Steele. Fabian was sentenced to a nine-year term.

"The Post said it was given the confidential document by federal officials after it requested a different one. The newspaper posted what it is calling 'excerpts' of the document online.

"But the online version has been electronically redacted. …

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