From:Richards
To:*Galactic-Enquirer
Stardate:19991218.0917
Subject:UFP Press Conference

Starfleet Fleet Admiral Kyle Richards sits at a chair behind a podium bearing the seal of the United Federation of Planets.    His appearance is not quite as neat and tidy as in his past press conferences.   After taking a deep breath, he begins to speak:

"Good Evening.  Earlier today, on Spacedock, an attempt was made on the life of the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance.   Working in cooperation, Ferengi and Starfleet security were able to take the would-be assassin into custody.   Unfortunately, both Starfleet and the Ferengi suffered casualties among our respective security forces.   These brave souls have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the preservation of peace, and they shall not be forgotten."   He pauses for a brief moment, his head bowed in respect.   "However, I am pleased to report that the Grand Nagus survived the attempt on his life.    His quick-acting security forces were able to bring him to safety, as the suspect was being taken into custody.    This attempt to trigger hostility between the Federation and the Ferengi Alliance has been put aside.   Let it be known that the Federation is committed to peace and prosperity with the Ferengi people, and we will not allow these terrorists to stand in our way.   I will now take questions."

"Admiral, is it true that you were injured in the attack?"

Richards nods,  "Yes, I suffered minor injuries which have been dealt with by my medical staff."

"Admiral, was the assassin a Starfleet Officer?"

Richards shakes his head,  "No.  However, he was posing as a Starfleet Officer.  It appears that the being may be some sort of shapeshifter.    This ability permitted the being to bypass the security surrounding the event."

"Admiral, does this mean the Dominion is back?"

"Richards shakes his head,  "No, I don't think so.  Preliminary reports indicate that this is a differert type of changeling.  At this point, the investigation is continuing.   If you will exucse me, I have to get back to work."

And with that, the screen fades to the symbol of the United Federation of Planets.