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[b]Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004 10:11 a.m. EST
Diary Bombshell: Kerry Met with Terrorists[/b]
In a bombshell development that could have turned President Bush's victory into a landslide had it come out before the election, John Kerry wrote in his Vietnam war diary that he met "terrorists" in Paris - a revelation that "flabbergasted" his running mate John Edwards.
All during the campaign, Kerry had adamantly refused to release his diary, claiming that he'd given exclusive rights to use the document to his biographer, Douglas Brinkely. But when Brinkley told reporters that wasn't true, Kerry still declined to make the diary public.
Now we know why.
According to Newsweek magazine: "Kerry's diary included mention of a meeting with some North Vietnamese terrorists in Paris."
Though Kerry's sit-down with North Vietnamese representatives had been reported late in the campaign, his description of them as "terrorists" would have set off smoke alarms.
The prospect that the top Democrat was willing to negotiate with "terrorists" 35-years ago would undoubtedly cement the Bush campaign's central message on Kerry: Anyone who would negotiate with terrorists can't be trusted with U.S. national security in a post-9/11 world.
John Edwards was "flabbergasted" by the news, Newsweek said. He recognized immediately how important it was to keep Kerry's terrorist confab secret.
"Let me get this straight," he told campaign staffers who delivered the shocker. "He met with terrorists? Oh, that's good."