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"You don t destroy a country like that.
All this is about politics and nothing more,"
Khan called yesterday s press conference
so that American IT specialist Jon Berryhill,
whom he hired to help build his defence,
could give his findings on the 31 e-mails.
Berryhill, a computer forensic expert, told
the media he could not definitively say
whether the e-mails disclosed in Parliament
by Rowley were true or false.
He concluded, however, that the e-mails
which Rowley presented in the House should
be seen as a document, since he believed
they were put together and some of the e-
mail addresses were clearly fake.
He said he could not verify the authen-
ticity of those e-mails which appeared to
be genuine, since he wrote to Google around
June 10, the same time he submitted the
report to Khan, seeking clarification on the
authenticity of the e-mail addresses but
was unsuccessful in getting the information.
He said he was told the company did not
provide such information to private indi-
viduals and such a request ought to come
through police or government officials.
Berryhill said he received the e-mails, via
a PDF-format document, which had been
scanned from the original documents Rowley
presented and sent to him by someone at
the Prime Minister s Office.
"I was e-mailed a single PDF, which was
ten pages of scanned pages. When I enquired
as to where this PDF came from, what I
was told was someone in the Prime Min-
ister s Office took the pieces of paper that
had been presented to them, scanned them
into a PDF and sent them to me," Berryhill
He said because of the many anomalies
and inconsistencies in the e-mails which
he picked up during his six-hour analysis
of the document, he concluded they should
be described as "documents" as in his opin-
ion they did not exist.
He added: "As far as the body, I make no
analysis of the content. There are some
issues with formatting and layout of the
body but in terms of what it said, I made
no analysis of what it said.
"They re not e-mails. There s nothing to
check. Calling them e-mails is only from
the standpoint of when you look at the piece
of paper that looks like an e-mail, when in
reality it is a document which is a cut-and-
paste job and actually a rather bad cut-and-
Asked whether he had made any attempt
to verify the e-mails through IP addresses,
Berryhill said he could not.
"There are no IP addresses, so there are
no IP addresses to be looked at," he said.
On whether it was possible to examine
particular servers, computers or other elec-
tronic devices and determine the source of
the e-mails, Berryhill said a particular e-
mail from which the information was gen-
erated would not be found.
He added: "To say if we can examine the
servers on this machine or that machine or
this computer or that computer, you re not
going to find it in e-mail.
"If you look at the right computer you
might find evidence of who created a doc-
ument but in that sense it is just a document.
Did they start with an e-mail to cut and
paste? Yes, they probably did.
"But it is so heavily edited at that point,
Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley last night reiterated his
call for an independent probe into
the e-mail fiasco, insisting he
would not take the word of any
person hired by parties named in
"I am not interested in reports
of interested parties," Rowley told
the media at Balisier House, Port-
"From the 20th of May when I
first raised the matter I asked for
an independent and thorough
inquiry. I am expecting to see
He was responding to claims by
Israel Khan, SC, who is represent-
ing Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar in the matter, that he
was irresponsible in bringing the
matter to the House without first
verifying the authenticity of the
e-mails. (See pages A5 & A7)
Asked about calls for Integrity
Commission chairman Ken Gor-
don to resign over their meeting
days before he went to the House
with the e-mail complaint, he
said: "There are many people who
have a good interest in changing
the conversation. It is still a free
country. They can make their
views in one area and I in another
"I have heard comments about
conspiracies between myself and
the chairman of the Integrity
Commission. It started with my
staff calling his staff to arrange a
conspiracy. I would not be dis-
tracted by persons who would
misrepresent and lie and hope to
misdirect the public or the coun-
Rowley said the Government
was interested only in itself.
"I called Mr Gordon s office and
on the way home he returned my
call. He asked me if the matter
was urgent and I said yes.
"He is my neighbour, I said fine
that is how that meeting came
about. There was never any inten-
tion on my part or Mr Gordon s
part to go to his house. If they
believe there is a conspiracy, they
are free to believe that."
He added: "It was extremely
important information which I
could only have with him and I
got the information. I will not be
distracted. I wanted to find out if
the matter I was going to raise in
the Parliament was the subject of
an integrity investigation."
Rowley said he also did not have
to disclose any information that
he met with Gordon at his home
or had a drink at his house.
"My presentation was I was in
a position to say that there is no
action at the Integrity Commission
and the only way I could have said
that is because I met with the
Integrity Commission," he said.
From Page A1
where incorrect e-mail addresses have been put in,
and dates have been changed, that there is nothing
that is believable in any of it."
Berryhill, at the end of his investigation, presented
a ten-page report to Khan which has been passed
on the Prime Minister.
He said the purpose of his report was to point
out the significant problems in the document Rowley
presented to the House.
Saying he also welcomed another "reputable
expert" examining the e-mails, Berryhill said he was
confident the same conclusion would be arrived at.
Expert on 31 e-mails: Bad cut-and-paste job
Rowley still awaits
Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley
at Balisier House yesterday.
PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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