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"My biggest concern is that Beverly is not a team player," Stone said. "She wants to look good and is willing to lie or dissemble in order to maintain a positive image . . . [and] she will not take responsibility for her decisions," noting also that he's admonished her about "abuse of her government credit card."

"Beverly and I need to learn to work together," he concluded. No kidding.

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Stone's secretary then inadvertently attached the memos and sent them off on Dec. 30 at 4:37 p.m., not just to Curie, however, but to all 540 or so agency employees and to outsiders.

The customary follow-up e-mail arrived less than 90 minutes later. "Many of you received an e-mail from me earlier this evening that was intended to distribute" other documents, Stone began. "Unfortunately, the e-mail included the wrong attachments. . . . I offer my sincere apologies to Beverly Watts Davis and other colleagues who may feel let down and upset."

Asked whether we could talk to Davis, SAMSHA spokesman Mark Weber said: "She's not going to have anything to say to you. You can talk to me."

SAMSHA administrator Curie's Jan. 3 e-mail said "there was an accidental distribution of two private draft memoranda. . . . I am taking this as a very serious matter and a full inquiry is now underway."

"I want to state clearly and unequivocally," said Curie, who's said to be looking to move up in the Department of Health and Human Services, that he "fully supports" CSAP and that Davis and her staff "have my support to pursue our mission."

In his e-mail Curie asked everyone who opened Stone's errant e-mail to delete it, and "if you forwarded this e-mail to anyone else, please contact them immediately and ask them to delete it. Finally . . . I am asking that you exercise professional conduct and do not discuss this matter with anyone."


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