I did a little checking on the Brian K. West story and it appears that we may not be getting all the information from Mr. West. I emailed the Poteau Daily News & Sun and they emailed me back. If the PDN&S story is to be believed at all then there are some questions that must be answered.
The computer logs indicate that at least 30 attempts to connect to the newspaper’s server from those addresses were made between 4:05 p.m. and 4:48 p.m., according to the court document.
It goes on to say that group of attempts were followed by at least five separate attempts to connect to the same computer at PDN&S from the site in Mena.
The affidavit said that the logs reflect that many of the attempts to connect were “not simply requests to view the web page, but attempts to access the files and Perl scripts that cause the web page to operate.”
There are portions of these two stories that corroborate each other and then there are portions that contradict each other. Since it is somewhat fantastic that a “Good Samaritan” would be treated in such manner I tend to give a little more credibility to the PDN&S story.