Republicans hire Oxford don to prove Obamas memoirs written by ex-terroristNovember 2nd, 2008 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 2 (ANI): Even as its less than two days to go for the US presidential polls, the Republicans have in their last ditch effort to score a lead over Democratic nominee Barack Obama, have approached an Oxford academic with a whipping 10,000 dollar fee to prove through a computer technique that Obamas autobiography Dreams from My Father, and Fugitive Days was penned by a former terrorist William Ayers.
According to latest polls, Obama is ahead of his Republican rival John McCain by at least six points.
Dr Peter Millican, a philosophy professor at the Hertford College in Oxford University , has devised a computer software program that can detect when works are by the same author by comparing favourite words and phrases, reported timesonline.com.
Ayers, now a university professor in Chicago , is accused of co-founding the Weathermen, a radical 1960s underground group that bombed government buildings in Washington and New York .
The Republicans accuse Obama of palling around with him.
The offer to Millican to prove that Ayers wrote Obamas book was made by Robert Fox, a California businessman and brother-in-law of Chris Cannon, a Republican congressman from Utah . He hoped to corroborate a theory advanced by Jack Cashill, an American writer.
Cannon said he merely recommended computer testing of the books. He doubted whether Obama wrote his autobiography, adding: If Ayers was the author, that would be interesting.
Fox said he had hoped that Cannon would raise the 10,000 dollars to run a computer test. He believed that if proof of Ayerss involvement was provided by an Oxford academic it would be political dynamite.
Millican took a preliminary look and found the charges very implausible. A deal was agreed for more detailed research, but when Millican said the results had to be made public, even if no link to Ayers was proved, interest waned.
I thought it was extremely unlikely that we would get a positive result. It is the sort of thing where people make claims after seeing a few crude similarities and go overboard on them, Millican said and added that Fox gave him the impression that Cannon had got cold feet about it being seen to be funded by the Republicans.
Meanwhile, Obama had said this weekend that the campaign would get nasty in its closing days. Only last night he was forced to deny that he knew a Kenyan aunt was living illegally in the US . Zeituni Onyango, half sister of his late father, lost a bid for asylum in 2004. Obama said he had no knowledge of her status, but that the law should be obeyed. (ANI)
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