Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Why Is Desmog Blog's Document Scanned, Not Digital?

Is "Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy" a "total fake," as the Heartland Institute claims?

I don't know, but here's something curious. The document hosted by Desmog blog is clearly scanned, and indeed the document's metadata says the PDF Producer was "Epson scan" and it was Created on 2/13/2012 at 12:41:52 pm, as shown at the right.

But today Desmog blog wrote, "The Heartland Institute has confirmed in a prepared statement that it mistakenly emailed its board materials to an anonymous third party - confirming the source of the documents released here on the DeSmogBlog yesterday."

So if the document was emailed to the leaker, why did someone need to make a scanned copy to give it to Desmog blog? Why didn't they just give them the digital copy?

Note: The file location on the metadata is mine, not what came with the document.


Anonymous said...

would the person not scan a hard copy of a memo so they can email it?

David Appell said...

Perhaps, yes. But all the other documents were digitally created by Heartland Institute members. See the post I just put up.

Anonymous said...

but they probably had a hard copy of the memo at hand and scanned it to include with other already digital docs.

or not.

David Appell said...

Again, maybe. But just two days ago?

Anonymous said...

I think that the emailer already had the scanned document, but in hard copy and scanned it at the same time as mailing out the rest of them, knowing that this added to the story.

The rest of them are all clearly from Heartland - the pdf metadata is JBast or Joseph Bast. The other, the only word document, is a secrtary. The only other one with no metadata is the 990 but you can get the 990's from other sources and unlikely to be changed.

Anonymous said...

Given the state of the document, could it be the scan of a fax?

All docs are emailed to leaker but the memo, which can't be found in e-form at the time.

Anonymous said...

Someone pointed out it looks like a fax.

Perhaps Heartland sends "especially sensitive" documents as faxes, not emails.