U.S. Attorney’s Office claims author’s of Blagojevich book “Golden” lying

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Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief

Comments from the spokesperson at the U.S. Attorneys Office (USAO) of the Northern District of Illinois take the position that Chicago Tribune reporters John Chase and Jeff Coen are lying about their special access to wiretap tapes and transcripts from the Blagojevich investigation – tapes and transcripts that were never made public.

The USAO refuses to comment on whether or not the Chicago Tribune was given advance notice of Blagojevich’s arrest.

So, why are Chase and Coen making false claims about their access to the Blago files?

Not only is the USAO disputing Chase and Coen’s depiction of their exclusive access to evidence, IP2P has received evidence that Chicago Review Press, the publisher of “Golden,”  was cautioned to be diligent in their pre-publishing fact-checking of the reporters’ book.

All indications are that the publishing company did not thoroughly fact-check the book. We wonder: Why that didn’t happen?

Unfortunately, Chicago Review Press spokesperson, Cynthia Sherry, was unavailable for comment

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—–Original Message—–

From: (Redacted)

To: csherry

Cc: jen

Sent: 2012-08-19 19:19:54 +0000

Subject:Fwd: Fact check “Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison,”

Ms. Cynthia Sherry

As a person of considerable first hand knowledge concerning John Chase’s and the Chicago Tribune’s role in the investigation and trials of Rod Blagojevich and Tony Rezko. Knowledge including but not limited to John Chase’s and the Tribune’s cooperation with the U.S. Attorney and their intentional distortion of the facts in their newspaper. I extend to you my offer below.

(Name redacted)

—–Original Message—–

From: (Redacted)

To: sbetz

Cc: daisybuchman, jen

Sent: 2012-08-15 16:10:36 +0000

Subject: Fact check “Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison,”

Sue

My offer to fact check the Jeff Coen and John Chase book  ”Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison,”  still stands.  As we discussed, you do not want to put yourself in a position of publishing false information when verification from someone who has first hand knowledge is readily available to you.  If you get me an advanced copy of the book to review, it may save both Chicago Review press and IPG a great deal of embarrassment.

(Name redacted)

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: (Redacted)

To:sbetz,daisybuchman

Sent:Sun Apr 3 06:35:58 UTC 2011

Subject: Chicago Review Press clients John Chase and Jeff Coen

Sue

I will follow up with you on the discussion we had, and provide you with more details soon. I hope the inside information I provided helps you. If you have any question feel free to call me.

(Name redacted)

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: (Redacted)

To: “Jen Wisnowski”

Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:58:03 PM

Subject: Fwd: Jeff Coen on Blago (Attention Jen Wisnowski )

Jen,

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