But what has been missed in coverage of Klein's email is the explaination he gives as to why this story is "dead". In the email he writes:
[Klein] asked researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn't produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama's original birth certificate.
This is the first time anyone has issued any kind of explanation as to why President Obama failed to produce the original vault copy of his birth certificate. The only explanation President Obama himself has given is to release the short form Certificate of Live Birth on his website. But as WND points out, this version is given to children of Hawaiian citizen's even if they were born outside the United States.
So does this explanation hold water? It's doubtful. Klein offers no evidence, and according to Hawaiian law, no one can gain access to the original vault copy of the long form version of a Certificate of Live Birth without expressed written consent by the holder of that certificate. So, it seems unlikely CNN researchers would be able to confirm the destruction of any such document without that consent.
The new excuse that Obama's Birth Certificate was destroyed in 2001 when the state went paperless also seems to directly contradict an article in the Honolulu Adviser from Nov 1, 2008 which contains statement's made by Hawaii's Director of the Department of Health stating they have seen and confirmed the existence of Obama's original vault copy birth certificate.
Dr. Chiyome Fukino said today she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama's original birth certificate. - factcheck.org
The evidence seems to suggest this story is anything, but "dead".