Is that good enough? We don’t think so. Without giving readers, who come to the story without any context, at least a glimpse of the police version of events—beyond the obvious caveat that the storyteller was a known thief and liar—the article gets too close to qualified stenography. Even some of Wired’s readers knew dereliction of journalistic duty when they saw it. “Who, exactly, is supposed to be fooled by this silly tale?” read one letter to the editor. For this, Wired earns a DART.
In an interesting epilogue, about four months after his early release from jail last spring, Notarbartolo was pulled over in Milan, where police found a kilogram of diamonds stuffed between the seats of his car. He said they were low-quality industrial grade diamonds purchased in 2008 (odd, since he was in jail that year); nothing like the highly valuable stones that would have been stored in the Antwerp Diamond vault. But according to the Belgian police, the diamonds have been inspected by experts who determined that they were indeed of the highest quality.
Moreover, these diamonds, about $80,000-worth, may be connected to the heist, a source told CJR. According to the source, the stones await an Italian court’s permission to be brought back to Belgium, a factual detail that seems compelling enough to fold in to the movie. But don’t look for it in a theater near you.