This is a quote from the book "The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies" by Cryptome.org
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9. Come half-clean. This is also known as "confession and avoidance" or "taking the limited hangout route." This way, you crea
te the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal "mistakes." This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position qu
ite different from the one originally taken. With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.