The short summary of Emory University’s investigation of Michael Broyde would be that regarding everything Broyde has admitted to, the investigation acknowledges as fact, while regarding everything Broyde did not admit to, the investigation “did not find evidence to substantiate.”
More specifically, the Emory investigation accepts as fact everything from the first investigation revealing Broyde’s connections to the identities Hershel Goldwasser, Kevin Gold, David Weissman, and David Gold, because Broyde “acknowledged” this to them.
What the Emory investigation doesn’t accept as fact is the possibility that two other identities explored in two subsequent articles were created or controlled by Broyde. Those identities, David Keter and David Weissman were explored in articles published by TJC and The Times of Israel, respectively. While neither article claims that Broyde is Keter or Weissman, both reveal that the identities are fake, and that both identities had connections to Broyde.
The Emory investigation’s conclusions here are specific:
…the Committee did not find evidence to substantiate the allegations that Professor Broyde created the Keter pseudonym or communicated pseudonymously with reporters.
It is unclear whether any such evidence does or could exist anywhere other than on the computers used to draft the Keter and Weissman e-mails (or on Google’s servers). What is clear is what methods of investigation were used by Emory here, and that they did not include contacting most of the individuals who had information about Keter and Weissman.
The only group contacted by the Weissman character, as far as anyone knows, is the Times of Israel. Editor David Horovitz wrote TJC an e-mail last night stating that, “As far as I know, we were not contacted” by the Emory investigation. The Times of Israel story stated that 15 e-mails were sent to them by the Weissman character between August and November of 2012, and cited several of the e-mails in their story.
There are three people who claim to have interacted with Keter. Broyde, and two editors, Tradition’s Shalom Carmy and TorahMusings‘ Gil Student. Carmy wrote TJC stating that he was not contacted by the Emory investigation; Carmy was the recipient of the original Keter correspondence, as well as an e-mail from the Keter character providing a phone number and mailing address meant to substantiate Keter’s legitimacy. As best as TJC can determine, the only two people who ever had access to the content of that e-mail from Keter are Carmy and this reporter; this reporter was not contacted by the Emory investigation.
Student told TJC he was contacted by the Emory investigation; Student’s entire interactions with Keter (and with Broyde about Keter) are detailed in TJC’s Keter story.