Mr. Jack Romanos
President and Chief Executive Officer
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Dear Mr. Romanos:

It looks like you may have a journalistic fraud on your hands. The James Risen book, State of War, states as fact on page 36 that the U.S. maintained a series of “secret prisons” around the world to detain suspected terrorists. But as the New York Times itself has reported, “An inquiry by the Council of Europe into allegations that the C.I.A. has operated secret detention centers in Eastern Europe has turned up no evidence that such centers ever existed...” You now have an obligation to issue a correction of the record and correct any future editions of the book. Can we count on you to do the right thing?