Internal investigation into Brian Williams finds at least 11 more reporting 'embellishments'

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NBC Investigation Into Brian Williams Shows At Least 10 'Embellishments'

It's not a great week for Brian Williams.

Williams has been off the air since February, when it came to light there was a major discrepancy in his description of getting bombed out of the sky in Iraq -- the discrepancy being that it never actually happened.

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Internal investigation into Brian Williams finds at least 11 more reporting 'embellishments'
NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (l-r) General Wayne A. Downing and Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams of 'NBC Nightly News' during a report from Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq on March 8, 2007 (Photo by Jeff Riggins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Television personality Jon Stewart enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
Actress Allison Williams, center, poses with her parents NBC News anchor Brian Williams and Jane Williams at HBO's "Girls" fourth season premiere party at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 30: Director/writer/producer Jon Stewart attends the premiere of 'Rosewater' during the Austin Film Festival at The Paramount Theatre on October 30, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (l-r) Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams of 'NBC Nightly News' and General Wayne A. Downing in Baghdad, Iraq on March 8, 2007 (Photo by Jeff Riggins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (third from left) Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams of 'NBC Nightly News' with American military reports from Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq on March 8, 2007 (Photo by Jeff Riggins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (r) Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams of 'NBC Nightly News' reports from Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq on March 8, 2007 (Photo by Jeff Riggins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (c) Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams of 'NBC Nightly News' with American military reports from Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq on March 8, 2007 (Photo by Jeff Riggins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (c) Anchor and Managing Editor, Brian Williams of 'NBC Nightly News' with American military reports from Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq on March 8, 2007 (Photo by Jeff Riggins/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Williams has admitted he spread a false story about being on a helicopter that came under enemy fire while he was reporting in Iraq in 2003. Williams said he was in a helicopter following other aircraft, one of which was hit by ground fire. His helicopter was not hit. NBC News was not commenting Thursday about whether its top on-air personality would face disciplinary action. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
Television journalist Brian Williams arrives at the Asbury Park Convention Hall during red carpet arrivals prior to the New Jersey Hall of Fame inductions, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Asbury Park, N.J. Williams will be inducted into the hall of fame along with actor James Gandolfini, who played the lead role in the cable series The Sopranos. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Hanks and Brian Williams attend the Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0196 -- Pictured: (l-r) Journalist Brian Williams during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on January 16, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Journalist Brian Williams hosts onstage at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Friars Club)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 065 -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC News' Brian Williams during an interview with host Seth Meyers on July 7, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ron Meyer (L), president & COO of Universal Studios and Brian Williams, NBC network news anchorman, attend the world premiere of 'Neighbors,' April 28, 2014 at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles, California. Man at right in unidentified. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 770 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jimmy Fallon, News anchor Brian Williams perform during a skit on January 28, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBC NEWS-EVENTS -- Education Nation: New York Summit, Day 3 -- Pictured: Brian Williams at NBC News' Education Nation Summit at the New York Public Library in New York on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer and Brian Williams appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: NBC News anchor Brian Williams and his wife, Jane Stoddard Williams attend the Tribeca Talks Directors Series with Robert De Niro and Brian Williams during the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams attends the Museum of the Moving Image salute to Alec Baldwin at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS -- Pictured: Brian Williams -- As protesters converged on the heart of Cairo in droves on Tuesday, NBC News' Brian Williams was there to speak with those who responded to the call for Egyptians to unite in the largest protest yet in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave (Photo by Subrata De/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, speaks at the Women's Conference Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Event co-hosts Brian Williams, left, and Katie Couric at the "Stand Up To Cancer" television event at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. The fundraising event aimed to raise funds for cancer research was simulcast live on several network and cable television stations. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
NBC NEWS-EVENTS -- Education Nation: New York Summit, Day 3 -- Pictured: Brian Williams and Governor Mitt Romney at NBC News' Education Nation Summit at the New York Public Library in New York on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Jon Stewart performs onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)
WASHINGTON, DC -- NOVEMBER 09: Jon Stewart's new film opens in theaters. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari profiled for Stewart's directorial debut film, 'Rosewater', which is based on Bahari's journalism in Iran which got him arrested and tortured.. (photo by Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC -- NOVEMBER 09: Jon Stewart's new film opens in theaters. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari profiled for Stewart's directorial debut film, 'Rosewater', which is based on Bahari's journalism in Iran which got him arrested and tortured.. (photo by Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Jon Stewart attends the red carpet arrivals of 'Rosewater' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
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Now, an internal investigation by NBC has turned up at least 11 more examples of lies, misrepresentations, and embellishments in Williams' reporting, according to the Washington Post.

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A New York Times report on Friday said sources close to the investigation confirmed they had found about half a dozen instances in which Williams "is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts."

On Saturday, the Washington Post said that number was up to at least 11.

Some of the events in question include Williams' reporting from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring, a missile attack in Lebanon in 2006, and his story about receiving a piece of a helicopter that crashed during an attempt on Osama bin Laden's life in 2011.

A couple of specific incidents were mentioned by the Times and the Post:

In an interview with The Daily Show in February 2011, Williams described a harrowing moment during his coverage of the Arab Spring uprising. He told a story in which he made eye contact with the head of a pro-government group who was on horseback, and said he saw them use whips on people. But video footage from that time shows that Williams was observing from a balcony, not on the street.

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In 2007, Williams said rockets passed "just beneath" a helicopter he was riding in over Lebanon while covering Israel's attack against Hezbollah in the region. But when he blogged about the same story for NBC, the proximity of the missiles was absent from the story.

The investigation is not over yet, and it's unknown whether NBC News will use its findings to justify terminating Williams. But it doesn't look good for his future in news.

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