And I guess what rubs me the wrong way is that it is exactly the sort of response I'd expect from somebody who'd done this many times, but this was the first time he was caught. He's not going to turn around and say "well, actually I did it these twenty other times". Of course, maybe this really was his first time--there has to be a first time--but then again, considering how difficult it is to spot the fakery in this case, it's easy to imagine there are others that are undetectable. All we can say for sure is it was the first time he was caught.
Now, this may just reflect an excessive cynicism on my part, but then I read things like this story about the excessive fabrications of a Times reporter, which points out how few checks and safeguards are in place to prevent willfull abuse, and I don't feel bad for thinking such negative thoughts about Walski.