Army: New Republic Scribe Lied

But magazine stands by private's diary from Iraq

By Heather McPherson,  Newser User

Posted Aug 8, 2007 10:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – The military and the New Republic are at a standoff over the accuracy of a series of damaging diaries by an Army private in Iraq. Army investigators say they're fabricated, that no one in the unit corroborated his stories about petty cruelty among soldiers. But TNR Editor Franklin Foer told Kurtz the magazine checked the story with other soldiers who were present and they stand by the story, despite the Army's denial.

The Weekly Standard reported that PVT Scott Thomas Beauchamp conceded the falsehoods to the Army in a sworn statement; the New Republic says it’s their belief he signed something that didn’t contradict his columns—and added the military had stymied fact-checking. No one will be able to ask the author anytime soon, as Beauchamp’s punishment is confiscation of his laptop and cellphone.

Troops from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division try to organize a group of Iraqi residents that are queued for water and food supplies distributed by the U.S. Army in the Amariyah neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007. (AP...
Troops from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division try to organize a group of Iraqi residents that are queued for water and food supplies distributed by...   (Associated Press)
Pvt. Mathew Adams checks on an Iraqi man during a medical clinic provided by the U.S. Army in the Amariyah neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Pvt. Mathew Adams checks on an Iraqi man during a medical clinic provided by the U.S. Army in the Amariyah neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)   (Associated Press)
U.S. Army troops from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division prepare to tow one of their Bradley Fighting Vehicles after it broke down in Amariyah neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
U.S. Army troops from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division prepare to tow one of their Bradley Fighting Vehicles after it broke down in Amariyah neighborhood...   (Associated Press)
A U.S. Army soldier from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stands behind bushes in the Amariyah neighborhood during a census operation in west Baghdad, Iraq on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A U.S. Army soldier from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stands behind bushes in the Amariyah neighborhood during a census operation in west Baghdad,...   (Associated Press)
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