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Full story, apart from Landis video, posted on ESPN.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5652787

Some interesting stuff in there.

"I am acutely aware that accepting money on a false premise and then later returning it does not erase the lie, and I'll live with the fact that I lied to trusting people, but I want to live an honorable life and I hope that people will see this as a starting point toward that goal." - Landis
 
A story from a SF blog containing a link to a Playboy article that portrays another side of Novitzky. Its really quite similar to cycling in this case Novitzky is going after the players when the issue is clearly with the owners who sit back and collect the money and turn a blind eye. Pretty similar to the UCI except baseball still does their own testing.

The story to read is an embedded link in this blog story.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2009/02/marin_writer_tosses_high_hard.php
 
Feb 21, 2010
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Another re-hash of Lemond/McIvain tape.

Excerpt:

"The silicone band symbolizes more than the fight against cancer. It symbolizes hope, courage and perseverance. It also symbolizes seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

And therein lies the problem. It's tough to keep the bracelet on after listening to a 32-minute recording that reportedly is part of the grand jury proceedings.
The audio begs the question: Has Armstrong, who transcends sport and is an inspiration to tens of thousands, lied about taking performance enhancing drugs?

To my ears, it sounds like the mother, purportedly Stephanie McIlvain and Oakley's handler for Armstrong, believes Armstrong cheated.

And my ears tell me to believe mom."


http://www.ocregister.com/articles/armstrong-270679-lemond-know.html
 
Feb 21, 2010
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Two items I found related to the Landis/Hacker story:

NewstalkZB writes that an arrest warrant HAS been issued for Landis:
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=185070

NZ Herald writes that they checked with Interpol and they have NO arrest warrant for Landis:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/cycling/news/article.cfm?c_id=31&objectid=10685064

Oddly, the WSJ report (from the AP) notes that the French Prosecutor argued against filing of charges against Landis but the Judge decided to go ahead anyways. Key to the wording is the contention from the prosecution that Landis had not "participated in the hacking or knowingly received internal lab documents that had been obtained fraudulently". This begs the question as to why the Judge is proceeding against the recommendation of the Prosecutor:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704462704575590953449786626.html


Oh, and also, Popovych was apparently served a subpoenaed last week in Texas and will be appearing before the GJ tomorrow in Los Angeles. However, Fabiani says he has NOT been asked to testify...sure, Mr. Fabiani, or shall we call you "Baghdad Mark"?
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lance-armstrong-20101103,0,1212983.story


I sense things are heating up.
 
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Colm.Murphy said:
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Oh, and also, Popovych was apparently served a subpoenaed last week in Texas and will be appearing before the GJ tomorrow in Los Angeles. However, Fabiani says he has NOT been asked to testify...sure, Mr. Fabiani, or shall we call you "Baghdad Mark"?
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lance-armstrong-20101103,0,1212983.story


I sense things are heating up
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heating up indeed...
popovic's home raided by the police in connection with armstrong’s investigation. some products seized..

the original link, courtesy of bicicleta

http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/12-11-2010/nas-finanza-popovic-711795361582.shtml

Googled version (tolerable)
http://translate.google.com/transla...c-711795361582.shtml&sl=it&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
 
python said:
heating up indeed...
popovic's home raided by the police in connection with armstrong’s investigation. some products seized..

the original link, courtesy of bicicleta

http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/12-11-2010/nas-finanza-popovic-711795361582.shtml

Googled version (tolerable)
http://translate.google.com/transla...c-711795361582.shtml&sl=it&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

I have on very good authority some of those products seized where counterfeit yellow bracelets. Boxes of them.
 
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Francoise Lasne, director of the AFLD lab, and testing director Jean-Pierre Verdy were heard as witnesses Tuesday at Interpol, an official with knowledge of the meeting told the AP. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the case.

Interpol, the international police agency, is acting an intermediary between the U.S. and French officials.

Another meeting will take place in Lyon later in the week to discuss the OCLAESP investigation.

The police officials work for a French agency that, separately, has also been investigating syringes and transfusion equipment found in a trash container after the 2009 Tour de France that French officials say belonged to the Astana cycling team that included Armstrong and Tour winner Alberto Contador

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20101116/cyc-armstrong-doping/
 
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The AFLD will hold a press conference this week to discuss the latest developments
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/6...cials-interviewed-at-Interpol-HQ-in-Lyon.aspx

Miller had been booked at the same hotel as Novitzky, but cancelled the reservation. He couldn't immediately be reached for comment. His office voice mail said he would be out of the country from Monday to Thursday.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/spor...nvestigation-shifts-to-france/article1801111/
 
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Tuttobiciweb article from the print version of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Google Translate)

Supermarket. La Gazzetta dello Sport is able to provide more precise details of this pincer movement on the world of cycling, and more. Because the goal is not only Armstrong, Jeff Novitzky, the agent of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (the same who seek out the Marion Jones doping) is investigating. But the international supermarket of doping, those supplying the athletes 'top'. In late July, three months after allegations that Landis has triggered the action of American anti-doping, there was a meeting in Lyon, France, headquarters of Interpol: U.S. investigators at the table, Interpol The Spanish Guardia Civil, the French police, the Carabinieri NAS Brescia and Florence, and the agents of the Guardia di Finanza di Padova, led by Benedict Roberti, the number one anti-doping prosecutor in Italy.

http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?page=news&cod=34200&tp=n
 
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Federal investigator Jeff Novitzky heads the case. He, prosecutor Doug Miller and US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart met with French anti-doping agency (AFLD) representatives yesterday at international police headquarters, Interpol in Lyon. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, they also met with Italian investigators from Padova, Brescia and Florence, and representatives from Spain's Guardia Civil.

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/6398/Armstrong-case-Investigators-meet-with-Italians.aspx
 
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One European participant said he'd been expecting to meet no more than two or three people at Interpol's high-security compound in the south-central French city of Lyon. He was surprised to be ushered into a conference room where at least a half-dozen American officials were arrayed across the table.

Instead, the U.S. investigators were interested in how to obtain information that could support evidence already gathered in the United States. At least one meeting focused on the legal procedures that would need to be followed for evidence to be transferred from Europe to the United States, said a senior police officer briefed on the talks.

"He's going through all of Europe's trash cans. And sometimes you find things in a trash can," one participant said of Novitzky. "They need supplemental proof to back up everything they have gathered."

Belgium also sent police and magistrates to the "informal and informative" talks, said Lieve Pellens, a spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor's Office

One participant said the U.S. investigators were direct, to the point and persistent, ensuring that they were putting pieces of the puzzle together without leaving gaps.

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/ne...ng_news&cate_img=145.jpg&cate_rss=news_Sports
 
How does Lance do immunity?

Lance may very well be offered the wonderful gift of immunity.

As far as I can see it, only greed or hubris would prevent him from seizing that gift. He's not stupid, and he has fine legal advice.

Once that physical evidence hits the USA, the fed bargaining power grows exponentially. Maybe Lance has already told all! Maybe he's writing a tell all book so he can make millions! BWAHAHA!!!