Wikileaks has released e-mails it has recently obtained between the New York Times and a very unlikely source: Howard Hughes. Wikileaks hasn’t reported where it got the e-mails between the Times and the dead former aviator/film producer/obsessive-compulsive recluse billionaire. The first e-mail of the three from Hughes is the longest, according to Wikileaks, and begins with asking about a book that was supposed to come out in the early 1970s by Clifford Irving about Hughes.
“It occurs to me as I’m sitting here with my boy Andy Kaufman over here that there was supposed to be a biography come out about 40 years or so ago,” part of the first e-mail read. “Clifford Erving (sic) was working on it. What the hell happened with that?”
The further e-mails purportedly from Hughes, who would be 105 years old today, do not answer the questions the Times asks about why Hughes would have wanted to fake his death in 1976, and what he’s been doing since then. Nor does “Hughes” answer the questions by the Times about the first e-mail’s reference to comedian Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984.