It is cause plausible deniability... aka both Olmert and Assad are lying. The orginal article is obviously too well sourced with folks going on record and being named... Liel, Aronson & Suleiman. Akiva Eldar is not some newby or stringer... and neither are the many others who must have vetted these articles. Real questions: Who leaked this now and why? Who benefits? Why not have real talks? Livni and Peretz & Mossad think it is a good idea. Why is Bush opposing?
Three Palestinian teens killed by Israeli army fire during protests near Gaza border (Haaretz)
from the article: Olmert: No government officials involved in secret Syria talks