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Project Aladdin Journal 06-06-2002

Bob, you're starting to convince me. I think Gabrielle knows her old nation will never take her back, but at the same time, she was a pretty big fan to be involved in their covert ops in the first place. I think she just doesn't want to be placed into the position of having to enganger people she knows by telling our state department more than she's prepared to. I really wish she didn't feel that way, but I have to respect her dedication, given what's happened.

I guess you may be right, it's up to me to get us all out of this mess. And the media may be the best way to do that. Blowing this entire thing open seems...risky to me, a lot of chances for something to go really badly wrong really fast, but we're out of options. So the question becomes: How, exactly, do I go about going public and yet, still, keep Gabrielle and Meaghan out of it? Meaghan, at least, could probably be tracked down just from being mentioned on this website. As for Gabrielle, could the police or the courts lock me up if I refused to disclose everything I know? Again, just from what's on this site, I think I could be arrested for obstruction if I refused to tell them anything. And there's the problem of getting the media to listen to me. I have an in, it's true, but will that be enough? I just don't know. You and SoundByte have more experience with this, what do you think?

Project Aladdin Journal 06-06-2002

Patrick, it's Bob. I can't answer all your questions, but I can answer a few.

As I see it, Meaghan isn't really involved more than peripherally in anything the police care about...except as an innocent crime victim. She can be kept pretty much out of it. Gabrielle? She might be more deeply involved in terms of what and who she knows, but then again, as I see it, she's not been a willing and active participant in anything criminal. So I don't see too much risk for her, and don't see why she has to become a public figure.

Now to you. Seems to me you buy safety for everybody by continuing to work closely with the legitimate police and the media in Atlanta and in the Baltimore/DC area. I think you are on the right track now...and it can't hurt to re-establish contact with your media friends. You have an even bigger story to tell now, and you will be your own best spokesman for it.
Good luck.