From:vlaDeSH
To:*Galactic-Enquirer
Stardate:20001213.0722
Subject:Klingon Response to Allegations

The oblique and curved emblem of the Klingon Empire appears suddenly upon the screen.

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Fading from black, the emblem seems to only be enlarged as it hangs solemnly downward from a great, inky banner; its hues bright in the contrasting darkness of a vast, sacred hall.

Within a daised chair, the Qang, Krotoc, himself, glares grimly, coldly, at his audience, his features worn with age, wisdom, and the fierceness of his political prowess. Very slowly, very gradually a smile seems alight upon his features and with a gesture of his leathery hand, his brown fingers kept clasped together, he speaks - a resonance to his voice that booms almost within the High Council's grand chamber.

"The allegations the Cardassian Union have made against the Empire are indeed grave, and without proof they stand as nothing more than unwarranted rhetoric. The Empire demands that the Cardassian Union apologize for its brash claims, and as a result, if there was indeed a recent attack by a B'rel Class vessel within their space, we will gladly share information about a previous attack by a rogue-owned Bird of Prey upon one of our own cruisers.

We certainly don't expect members of the Union to read Klingon news, yet nevertheless, if their intelligence agency had even slightly glanced at our media services they might have seen that such an indecent occurred only about a month ago. No fanfare was made of it, of course, but we are currently in the process of attempting to apprehend those who we believe are responsible. Again, if the Cardassian Union has the honor to retract these serious claims, then I may be inclined to share the information of our investigations with their military branch.

That is all. I await what is expected. "

The screen soon after blips to black, leaving the viewer with the ominous undertones of rising tensions.