From a reader:
Looking at the documents, it appears that the Army has documents in which Thomas admitted his stories were false. He doesn’t confess on the phone call, but the Army’s Article 15 documents refer to statements he made admitting their falsehood. Moreover, the findings need to be based on a preponderance of evidence, which suggests that, while the kid may be in over his head, he was also lying in his stories. TNR needs to acknowledge these facts, if they want to retain any semblance of journalistic credibility.