Rob Ford speaks to reporters outside his office, May 30, 2013.
In a post published late today on Gawker, editor John Cook - who broke the story of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's appearance on a tape that allegedly has him smoking crack cocaine - says that the video is "gone."
Last month, after crowd-funding $200,000 to buy the alleged video from the Toronto men in possession of it, Cook noted that he'd lost contact with his intermediary who first alerted him to video's existence. According to Cook, the tape's owner and intermediary cut off contact out of "a fear of being identified, and a strong desire from the Somali community to make the whole thing go away."
As he notes:
"It's gone" could mean many things. It might mean that the video has been destroyed. It might mean that it has been handed over to Ford or his allies. It might mean that he intends to sell or give it to a Canadian media outlet. It might mean that the Toronto Police Department has seized it and plans to use it as evidence in a criminal investigation. It might mean that it has been transferred to the custody of Somali community leaders for safekeeping. It might be a lie. The intermediary doesn't know. Neither do I.
Also today, Star editor-in-chief, Michael Cooke was quoted saying that "the video is slowly making its way to daylight, and when that happens, we'll all be better off."
It's unclear where Cooke (versus Cook) is getting his intel from. Or where the video is. Or, heck, if there even is a video. Certainly, the mayor isn't saying anything. Well, besides, "Anything else?"