If the information the Curt at Flopping Aces is correct, the Associated Press may have a real, serious issue with it's credibility that actually goes well beyond the original issue of the veracity of the report of six Sunni victims burned alive. He has published, with a named source who can be verified, information that indicates that the AP actually told an outright lie when they said that Jamil Hussein had been located.
I've been in touch with Bill Costlow (the CPATT (Civilian Police Assistance Training Team) representative) since he has been back in-country and I have a few interesting developments on this story.
First, the AP story:
Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.
But guess what Bill just confirmed? Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf never acknowledged that there was a Capt. Jamil Hussein assigned to the Khadra station, he confirmed to the AP that there was a Capt. Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim assigned there. Apparently he is the source for the AP even though he still, to this day (according to Bill Costlow), denies being the source.
So what do we have so far?
That the AP has lied again in their response. The AP specifically stated that Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf acknowledged Jamil Hussein exists when he did no such thing. He acknowledged a completely different name the AP gave him but not a Jamil Hussein.
This would be a really major breech of ethics. If this pans out, this will be a deadly serious blow to the AP. None of this addresses whether the original report that sparked all of this was true however. The AP still has not produced any proof and has, in fact, been quietly rewriting the stories without acknowledging that they have done so. The four burned mosques of the original stories become a single mosque in later ones. A miraculous occurrence if true.
But if the AP actually lied about what Khalaf told them, there is a whole other issue on the table.