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June 10, 2005
Expert: Grewal Tapes Clean

An audio expert retained by the Conservative Party to assess the original Grewal tapes of conversations between the MP and several members of Liberal Party leadership pronounced the tapes as unaltered and unedited this morning:

An audio expert hired by the federal Conservative party says the final full versions of Gurmant Grewal's tapes have not been altered.

The Tories released a letter from audio engineer Randy Dash that says the tapes, which have been handed over to the RCMP, appear to be clean and unaltered.

The Tories made a mistake in releasing portions of the audio rather than the entire tapes. The experts who previously analyzed the recordings and found edits and gaps worked from copies, and in some cases digitized copies, of the originals rather than from the originals themselves. While some will point out that Dash worked for the Tories to question his credibility, the willingness of the other forensic experts to make unequivocal statements about authenticity from copies when the originals are still extant renders their own credibility as suspect.

The RCMP will no doubt hire their own forensic experts to determine whether any alteration has been made to the Grewal tapes. If they come to Dash's conclusion, the Liberals will find themselves wishing they'd stuck to using taxpayer money to entice MPs to support Paul Martin. In fact, with the federal ethics commissioner now investigating Martin's chief of staff Tim Murphy as well as Ujjal Dosanjh, that day may come sooner than Martin expects.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 10, 2005 12:03 PM

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