Final Update: It turns out that Larry Sinclair has a rap sheet filled with prosecutions for deceit.
Public records and court filings reveal that he has a 27-year criminal record, with a specialty in crimes involving deceit. The record includes forgery charges in two states, one of which drew Sinclair a 16-year jail sentence. The Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff's Office also has an outstanding warrant for Sinclair's arrest for forging an acquaintance's signature and stealing her tax refunds.
Sinclair's rap sheet is a mile long, and he is currently wanted in Colorado. And judging from the hit logs at this website, there are Republican operatives out there who are still pushing this story as "real".
Makes you wonder who's bankrolling Sinclair's continued efforts and legal fights...
As the series of posts I've written demonstrates, I've thoroughly investigated Larry Sinclair's claims. I have found no basis of fact in any of them.
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Updated Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 3:45pm ET: Whitehouse.com is reporting that the test results indicated deception on the part of Sinclair. A second expert is reviewing the test results as well, but that report has not yet been released.
Dr. Ed Gelb, Former President of the American Polygraph Association was the Polygraph expert selected by Whitehouse.com. He has done over 30,000 polygraph examinations over his long career. There were two polygraph tests administered by Dr. Gelb on Friday. the first polygraph asked Mr. Sinclair on his sex claims. The second polygraph test asked Mr. Sinclair on the drug use claims. There was deception indicated in both tests.
As mentioned yesterday Mr. Sinclair did pass his drug screen so there were no drugs in his system which could have interfered with the test. We have asked Mr. Sinclair on several occasions to put us in contact with the Limousine driver that he named for other news organizations earlier and for us on Friday that was supposed to corroborate his story. As of today he has still not put us in contact with the limousine driver whom he told us he stays in constant contact with.
Larry Sinclair, who's made some pretty wild claims about a 1999 encounter with then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama that included gay sex and cocaine use, accepted a $10,000 challenge to take a polygraph test to prove or disprove his claims. If he passes the polygraph test he'll receive $100,000. Details of the offer and conditions appear below.
But first, here's a scenario that should be considered. Consider the possibility that Larry Sinclair did have gay sex and use cocaine just as he's claimed, and all of the facts line up exactly as Sinclair has described, and he passes the polygraph test.
Has that proven Barack Obama was involved? Not in my view.
Suppose the man the limo driver introduced to Sinclair was actually a black male prostitute who called himself Barack Oabama. Would Larry Sinclair know the difference? Since Sinclair was not from Illinois, but was there visiting, I highly suspect that Sinclair had not ever seen Obama, and wouldn't know what Obama looked like.
And in this scenario it's quite possible that Sinclair believes it was the real Obama, and I suppose if he believes it firmly enough he can pass the polygraph test.
So I don't think anything will have been proven by the polygraph even if Sinclair passes it.
Let's take it a step further. Say Sinclair passes the polygraph, and we now put the limo driver on the polygraph machine and ask him if the person he introduced to Sinclair was really State Senator Barack Obama.
Once again, it's conceivable that the limo driver could pass the polygraph test if he believed it was Obama, but that doesn't prove it really was Obama, does it?
I don't see how it is possible to prove Barack Obama was really there without Obama himself taking a lie detector test, and I strongly suspect that Obama will never even acknowledge Sinclair's existence, much less agree to take a polygraph. I say that not to suggest Obama is guilty - I don't think he is - but for Obama to even participate in this farce in any way would only serve to raise speculation further, and give this story legs in the mainstream media.
So, in my view it's possible the polygraph will prove Sinclair is lying, but even if he passes the test it won't prove that Sinclair really had gay sex and used cocaine with Obama.
We'll know more after February 26 - and here's a look at the polygraph offer, and the conditions under which Sinclair has agreed to take the test.
The offer from whitehouse.com:
xxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx
Dear Mr. Sinclair:
We have seen your video that you have made in regards to your relationship with Mr. Barack Obama. We are offering you $10,000 to just show up within the next 10 days and take a multi-question polygraph test administered by a professional at our offices which will be videotaped and broadcasted. We will also have to be the first and only entity that you will be taking a polygraph test with on this matter in the past or over the next four weeks. We will get and pay for your air fare and two nights at a hotel while you are here at our offices and you will be paid the $10,000 at the end of the test. If you successfully pass the polygraph test and it shows that you are telling the truth and you indeed did drugs with Senator Obama and had sex with Senator Obama we will pay you and additional $90,000. Please respond to me by email at [email protected] by February 21, 2008 to accept the offer or it will expire.
Very Truly Yours
and while they are withholding many details about the test itself and timetable involved, whitehouse.com did release the following information:
We're going to meet him on Tuesday, February 26th at an undisclosed location in New York City. We've picked a polygraph expert, too: a renowned expert who has been involved in quite a few high-profile cases who we're not going to name until the results are not only in, but have been verified by a second renowned expert.
Then, we'll post the results, the names of both polygraph experts, and other relevant information, along with video and pictures, here on Whitehouse.com. Since the outcome of the test will be vital interest to the voting public, our findings will be made available before the presidential primaries in Texas and Ohio slated for March 4.
Ugh. Possible train wreck ahead. Check back for updates.
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