Ben Smith wants to know who wrote “O”. In his search for truth he asks, “a few of the likelier suspects” if they are the anonymous author. Nearly all deny, or offer wry non-denials. But Smith, who has thrice written about the book on his widely-read blog subtly named, “Ben Smith,” offers no such denial of his own.
Let’s assess the evidence:
Ben Smith has (presumably) been “in the room” with President Obama (unconfirmed)
Ben Smith, when faced with the opportunity to address the possibility of his own authorship, declined to offer an explicit denial
Further inflaming speculation, Smith failed to directly address rumors in subsequent emails.
UPDATE: Smith denies.