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Guard Secretary Claims Disputed Memos Fake

Wednesday, 15 September 2004 12:00 AM

“The information in here was correct, but it was picked up from the real ones,” she said. “I probably typed the information and somebody picked up the information some way or another.”

Knox worked from 1957 to 1979 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. She added that she prided herself on meticulous typing and advised that she did all of Killian’s typing, including memos for a personal “cover his back” file he kept in a locked drawer of his desk.

CBS was quick to respond:

“As far as we can tell, this individual is not a documents expert,” announced CBS’ Sandy Genelius. “We believe the documents, which were one part of the 60 Minutes story, to be genuine. It is notable that she confirms the content of the documents, which was the primary focus of our story in the first place.”

Notably, Knox, 86, is no fan of President Bush, telling the News that she does not support Bush as president, deeming him “unfit for office” and “selected, not elected.”

“I remember very vividly when Bush was there and all the yak-yak that was going on about it,” says Knox, who declared her opinion that evidence of forgery mark each of the four memos in dispute. She noted:

Knox further noted that men typically in those days didn’t type office-related documents, expressing doubt that Col. Killian would have typed the memos himself. She said she would typically type his memos from his handwritten notes, which she would then destroy.

Specifically, Knox said that she didn’t recall typing a Killian memo alleging that a commander, Col. Walter “Buck” Staudt, was pressuring officers to “sugar coat” Bush’s record.

However, she added that such a portrayal of Staudt was consistent with his character and Killian’s opinion of his superior officer. Killian is deceased.

Knox left the Guard before Killian died. She advised the News that she was not sure what happened to his personal files when he died while serving at Ellington. She opined, however, that it would have been logical that a master sergeant who worked in the squadron headquarters would have destroyed any such nonofficial documents after Killian’s death.

According to the News report that individual declined to comment, saying only, “I don’t know anything about the matter.”

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