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Anonymous posts on TexAgs.com came from Gates

09:11 PM CST on Friday, December 8, 2006

Robert Gates, the nation's new defense secretary, confirmed through a Texas A&M spokesman Friday that he occasionally posted messages anonymously on the Web site TexAgs.com while serving as the university's president. The poster known as "ranger65" revealed Thursday night on the site that he was really Gates.

As ranger65, Gates commented on a variety of topics in different forums – sports- and non-sports-related – within the site. They ranged from opposing moving the Aggies' annual game with Texas Tech to Dallas to supporting the Corps of Cadets to discussing the university's plans for the Memorial Student Center hotel and its lawsuit against the Seattle Seahawks over the 12th Man trademark.

The posts referred to Gates in the third person and often used the phrase "I'm told" before delving into details about the issue at hand.

Rachel Cohen

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