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“The document was not confidential, but it was considered internal. And somehow it made its way onto NASAwatch,” said company spokesman Leo Makowski. “That seems to be a part of business these days, though. Things become public very easily.”

He was unsure whether the news coverage would help or harm their efforts.

Bloggers at NASAwatch.com, meanwhile, cautioned any potential donors to guard their privacy rights and advised against eating a poppy seed bagel - the seeds could falsely register in a urine analysis as an opiate-use indicator - before contributing to the cause.