So, where are the original Downing Street Memos?
Apparently the BushBot blogosphere is trying to relive old glories and desperately trying to draw a parallel between the DSMs and Rathergate. It seems that the typewritten DSMs are in fact facsimiles: the reporter photocopied the original memos he was given, returned to the originals to the government source, and then a "legal desk secretary typed the text up on an old fashioned typewriter". This was apparently done to protect the original source, but as to the re-typing on the old typewriter, that's a bit more suspicious.
In any case, another BushBot makes a bit more sense. No one has denied the accuracy of the memos, and in addition there's also the matter of the legal desk secretary. Would they testify to the accuracy of what they typed?
And, there's also the matter of the original memos, which as we know were returned to their government source. If the minutes of the meetings are different, surely someone should have leaked them to the press by now, no?
Note also the (deliberate?) attempts to confuse matters here: the "originals" which were destroyed are not the originals, they're the photocopies. Expect the Emily Latella-ish Bush supporters to use "originals" when they're actually referring to copies.