Reality Check Radio has obtained a copy of the metadata from the Word version of the eBook authored by Jerome Corsi and Mike Zullo that was sold for profit on Amazon starting the same day as the first Cold Case Posse press conference on March 1, 2012. As can be seen in the screenshots of the metadata below the author is Brian Lee and the company is the Maricopa County Sheriff’s department. At that time Brian Lee was the Public Information Officer for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the MCSO.
Jerome Corsi is also listed as someone who edited the Word document. Mike Zullo, Corsi’s co-author is not listed in the metadata on this version.
Here is the metadata from Word and Windows:
The possible participation of Lt. Lee in the writing of the book is more proof that Sheriff Arapio may not have been truthful when he claimed that no public funds were being used on the investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate.
Some questions that come to mind:
- What was the extent of Lt. Lee’s participation?
- Did he profit from the sale of the book?
- What part of the book did Mike Zullo write if any?
- Why was the MCSO contributing to a book and allowing it to be written on county computers when it was for the benefit of private individuals? Why was a high ranking deputy involved?
- Was this violation of MCSO guidelines that prohibit a work product from being sold for profit of individuals?
We know that Mike Zullo profited from the sale of “A Question of Eligibility”. He admitted this when confronted by reporters but rationalized that he had “given the money to his church”.
I will have more on Deputy Lee and the book in the next article.
Update: As a couple of folks have astutely pointed out Word metadata is not ironclad proof that Brian Lee was an author. We know that either Joe Arpaio or a spokesperson like Lt. Lee provided the forward to the eBook. His involvement may have been limited to that or loaning a computer to Mike Zullo. I believe my questions listed above are valid however. The fact remains that two Posse members, Mike Zullo and Jerome Corsi, sold and profited from selling the work product of the Cold Case Posse. This report could have been posted on the MSCO web site in five minutes if the goal was to “get the word out” as Arpaio has claimed.
Accordingly, I have changed the title to reflect the fact that the metadata alone is not conclusive that Deputy Lee was an author.