ICANN CEO Stuart Lynn sought, amidst an amazing series of delaying tactics, to impose all sorts of extraneous conditions on this right.While I don't doubt this is true as far as it goes, I think there's more to the story. Karl says he's been asking for the records since December 2000, M. Stuart Lynn didn't join ICANN until mid-March 2001. It may be a mistake to ascribe too much of this to Lynn, just as it may be a mistake to think Lynn's roadmap to reform plan is wholly the work of its putative author.
I think Lynn was hired largely because he has that hail fellow well met suave affability so well inculcated by the British public school system (in which, as with ICANN Newspeak, public means private). He is the gladhanding point man, but what he is selling comes from Joe Sims, Louis Touton, and a few of the unelected Board members (BTW, does anyone know who was on the hiring committee that chose Lynn?). However, this also means he can be used as the fall guy if it looks like the whole house of cards is about to collapse, or knocked over as Dave Farber, Peter Neumann and Lauren Weinstein have just suggested. Putting too much blame on Lynn just means the existing jokers will be shuffled around and redealt to us as a new hand. -g