So, the AP has found the Iraqi policeman they quoted six weeks ago, and — despite US and Iraqi denials — shown he exists. (‘Course, now Jamil Hussein faces punishment for speaking.)
And former CNN chief and current “Iraq Slogger” co-founder Eason Jordan — who was going to go look for Hussein with a blogger he called “co-president of the Eason Haters’ Club”– tells FishbowlNY: “I’m relieved the dispute about the existence of Jamil Hussein has been resolved. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe all involved in this case could and should have handled it better.”
The blogger, Michelle Malkin (pictured), says she’s still going to Iraq on a military trip, and tells FishbowlNY she has no regrets over her hammering on the Hussein affair:
No regrets at all. I hope Jamil Hussein, who lent his name and rank publicly to dozens of Associated Press stories, will talk to journalists other than those employed by the Associated Press about the incidents he has witnessed across Iraq.
As I stated when I made our plans public, the “Jamil Hussein” story is one important item on our agenda, but not the only one. As bloggers on this story have noted from the beginning, Jamilgate isn’t just about Jamil Hussein. [Fellow blogger] Bryan Preston and I plan to do as much on-the-ground reporting as we can to nail down still unresolved questions. And we are looking forward to reporting first-hand on the security situation in Iraq.
Jordan, in a separate note to us, wishes Malkin well.