The labelling error was an unfortunate oversight but the sample clearly still belonged to Landis (it was something like 1 digit out of 8). The sample was positive. He's guilty. Why does he get this support?
IMHO I don't have a clue how are things done in this particular lab. I know this: I have a MS in Biology, PhD in Cancer Biology, postdoc at Harvard medical school, decade and half hardcore lab experience and if I mislabel by 1 digit a sample, I do not use those results since even if they support my hypothesis I cannot 100% trust them. Perhaps in their labeling system the digit in question is not one of those which in that set is variable, yet under similar circumstances I do question the validity of my whole experiment.
Landis says that USADA is stalling. He wrote this on the Daily Peleton Forum yesterday
Are you insinuating that I began the trial by media? For your information, all of what I have been given by any and all parties involved is available online. If you don't like the point of view dealt by the parties representing me, you are free to view all of what has been given and come to your own conclusion. It appears that the timetable to which you refer is a grey area which can be manipulated at will by the ADAs' since we picked an arbitrator more than a month ago as did USADA, and now the two have decided on a third and it appears that we will have one American, chosen by us, and two Canadians.