Irving walked to the podium. Charles followed and stood beside and slightly behind him.
“Thank you for attending today. My name is Irving Witzel, and with me is Charles Arrington.
“In March of this year, Charles was critically injured, and his wife, Myra, was killed when a bomb planted in their automobile exploded at their home just outside Leesburg, Virginia. The crime was perpetrated by professionals, and investigators have identified no suspects. The crime remains unsolved.
“While Charles recuperated from his injuries, he discovered his computer had been hacked, and it’s highly likely his phone was tapped. Evidence suggests the hacking began prior to the explosion, and it was not the work of an amateur. All efforts to determine who compromised Charles’s computer have been unsuccessful. However, we suspect the hacking and the attack that killed Charles’s wife are related.
“As you may know, Charles is an investigative journalist. His efforts to expose government corruption go back to his days as a reporter at the Washington Post. Prior to the attack Charles had begun research for a new book. What he discovered is an ominous and terrifying brand of corruption that could threaten our national security.”
The audience stirred. Irving paused for the crowd to quieten.
“Neither Charles nor I have any direct evidence indicating who might have had interest in the information Charles acquired during his research. However, and let me be clear, a highly sophisticated effort was undertaken by a party or parties unknown to breach Charles’s computer and pilfer his research files…and possibly murder his wife,”
Irving departed from his prepared notes.
“Ladies and gentlemen, as most of you know, I have been a vocal advocate of open government for over fifty years. Given the opportunity and without constraints government will abuse its power. It’s a natural thing. My past crusades have been nonpartisan. Any political party is subject to the tantalizing temptation to seize more power and control than the law allows. I shall not rest and will work to my dying day to expose the illegal misdeeds foisted upon Charles Arrington.”
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