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BREAKING: Papadopoulos says his congressional testimony has leaked, which means whether or not the recent Epoch Times story is true—it quotes Papadopoulos as saying he was asked to wear a wire—at a minimum The Epoch Times is correct in claiming Papadopoulos' testimony has leaked.
2/ I've not yet linked to the Epoch Times story, not because the outlet fails bias/accuracy checks from watchdogs (it doesn't) but because it's odd they'd be the only outlet with Papadopoulos' Congressional testimony.

But now Papadopoulos himself admits his testimony has leaked.
3/ The other concern with the Epoch Times story—and the outlet is, to be clear, rated as a "center-right" media outlet, not a progressive news outlet—is that it is entirely based on Papadopoulos' in-some-cases-wild claims, though we should note that Papadopoulos *was* under oath.
4/ Anyway, we don't know who leaked the testimony, and we certainly don't know how much of what Papadopoulos has said is true, so I'm not doing a longer, substantive thread at this point. But I've marked this story (in my head) in the event it breaks soon in other media outlets.
5/ For the record—and as the BBC (below) has noted regarding my writing on this—I told the BBC that Papadopoulos "may" have worn a wire (*may*) based on the language of court filings in his case. Certain folks skewered me for even noting the *possibility*. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05…
6/ If in fact TET does have Papadopoulos' leaked Congressional testimony—and if Papadopoulos was telling the truth when he said the FBI asked him to wear a wire—I admit I'd feel vindicated as a legal professional and former investigator for having rightly noted the *possibility*.
7/ My position on Papadopoulos has remained firm, based on years of defendant and witness interviews:

1. The majority of the *facts* he offers are *broadly* true.
2. He's a serial exaggerator.
3. He's a serial minimizer of his own wrongdoing.
4. His theorizing/speculation is BS.
8/ What I mean: if Papadopoulos says he met with a person, or got an email, at a given time/place, the *majority* of the time (but not all the time) he will be telling the truth as he understands it. But everything he says will include exaggeration, minimizing, and BS theorizing.
9/ So *if*—e.g.—we find he told Congress he was asked to wear a wire, chances are he *was*. But his description of the event will *exaggerate* everyone's words and actions, he'll bend the truth as to his *own* words/actions, and his theorizing on the event will be pure nonsense.
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