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First everyone said Floyd looked too NASCAR, and now he's supposed to be Mr. 2600? If Floyd Landis is a computer hacker, I'm Lex Luthor, evil genius supervillain.
AP report in the International Herald Tribune says that the computers of the Chatenay-Malabry lab were hacked:
PARIS: A hacker attempted to steal data from computers at the French anti-doping lab whose test procedures are being challenged by American cyclist Floyd Landis, police said Tuesday.Some possibly stolen lab data was put into email apparently forged (not well) to look like it was from LNDD, and sent to a lot of places. The data included is said to make the lab look unreliable. The spin from those at the labs breaking the story is that the information was taken out of context. As well as the hacking, they are offended by the bad French in the email.
L'Equipe says French police are pointing a finger at someone near Landis, which remains unconfirmed.
This isn't fun and games, because there is possible criminal hackery involved, and spooky NSA/CIA/Patriot Act stuff.
Translated L'Equipe report, also CyclingNews, CanadianPress, Reuters, Eurosport, VeloNews, ProCycling, AFP, 7Days.ae, BikeBiz (with some new info); Guardian also has a new take.
Translated Le Monde article describes the contents of the email:
This is the first mention of the content, which Bordry says is "out of context" and "falsified."
On the whole, five facsimiles of documents of the LNDD were sent. Two dated September 13 mails addressed to the presidents of the French and international Federation of swimming explain why sample 338.439 was confused with the 338.349. A third mail dated July 6 and addressed to the president of the international Federation of basketball precise that “a réanalyse of sample N o336 186 cancelled the presence of one of the metabolites of the mestérolone (due to a contamination of the urinary white)”. A fourth mail dated November 17, 2005 and addressed to the president of the international Federation of associations of athletics indicates “the date of the taking away was noted the 29/11/2005 instead of the 29/10/2005” and requires “to destroy the erroneous report/ratio of analysis”.
A fifth letter dated May 10, 2005 and addressed this time to the president of the international Federation of squash precise that of “the terbutaline was allotted to the bad sample” and also requires “to destroy the erroneous reports/ratios of analysis”. In each mail, the LNDD kindly requests “[it] to excuse for this error”.
These parts, underlines Pierre Bordry, voluntarily “were taken out of their context” or “were falsified”. The heading of the LNDD is a coarse reproduction. The letters use approximate French. Thus small introductory text: “Please find herewith information very interesting.”
The documents were also sent to several French and foreign journalists having covered the edition 2006 of the Outer Loop, like with the international Union cyclist (UCI), in Amaury sport organization (ASO) - the owner of the [Tour]. The list of the recipients also includes lawyer of Floyd Landis, Howard Jacobs.
Network World isn't impressed with the Lab's security, or Mr. Pound's reaction.
National Ledger thinks the movie will be good. I'm thinking confused.
The Arizona Daily Star reports Landis may come to Tucson Friday with Dr. Baker, but not to ride. Baker on his upcoming presentation:
"I looked at that package, and now I have a lot of facts. Now I have something to say, I was astonished at the lack of quality of the documents, or the apparent lack of quality from the lab of their analysis."
Procycling covers interview.
DPF discussion of the hackery.
Floyd: Yea, what's going on? Now I'm responsible for leaks from inside the lab? What next?"Frenchfry" (in France) writes:
Chris t: I agree Floyd, it is pretty absurd, but seeing as your camp propogates conspiracies like rabbits breed, you must see the irony here
Floyd: Yea, point taken.
Strbuk: No, but as has been stated it's the perception of the public that may make a great deal of difference. What ( unfortunately) will happen is that the REAL conspiracy people ( and I don't necessarily think that the Floyd camp has perpetuated massive conspiracies) will look at who would have to most to gain from either hacking into the C-M system to perhaps change results, (or whatever), or who would have the most to gain from perpetuating the idea that the lab is incompetent. No one in their RIGHT mind would suppose that anyone with a real vested interest in this would condone such a ridiculous act. But it may give ammunition to those out there are looking for anything ( no matter how spurious) to pin on Floyd( or even perhaps Lance?) Remember, ( lots of) the media loves misery and loves creating misery. As Don Henley once said in "Dirty laundry" ," Crap is king!" OK the second graders are back , time to teach!!
There aren't a lot of details yet available, but what seems sure is that this whole situation has degraded into a pathetic cat fight. Unfortunately in the public domain it is increasingly difficult to separate the reality from the manipulations and misinformation campaigns. Hopefully the actual hearings with USADA and CAS will take place under better conditions. Pending further clarification of what happened, I won't be impressed if Floyd and his legal team try to use this to illustrate that the labs can't be trusted.Also on rec.bicycles.racing here and here.
German Forum thread (translated) is pretty snarky from document release through now.
BikingBis writes about the case stumbling along. Good summary of recent events.
Nardac, who left comment yesterday, slams Flandis Fumbling again.
Velogal questions L'Equipe's assertion it was "someone close to Landis."
TheParisBlog calls "Floyd the mumbler and fumbler", concluding:
However, this has to suck for Landis. The weekend he blames the lab is the same weekend that they track a criminal incident, related to his drug case and involving the lab, directly to his party. He’s become the Tonya Harding of cycling. Maybe someday soon he too will don a wrestling outfit and jump in the ring. The guy is certainly too clumsy to be in professional sports.Dugard thinks it's getting weird. He's glad Landis fought back with the interview.
"I also have to wonder what they're so worried about. If the lab's protocol's and procedures were followed correctly, they shouldn't be worried about the various internal documents and emails that may soon spill forth to the media and general public."Rant thinks it all makes a Strange Brew.
PodiumCafe thinks it's forged and a smear against Landis, and will vanish in a month, also, WTF? Comments are amusing.
SportsBabel wonders about the costs of securing labs on top of all the other antidoping costs.
BlawgAndEcon wonders if anyone is following, advises doing a Canseco instead of a Bonds.
TourDeFrancLogue heard the Fresh Air interview yesterday.
Bannaoj liked "no documents" and gives TBV a plug.
PolishPostal was starting to believe again on 9-Nov. No later word.