In case you missed it, a stunning New York Times story details how the military has outsourced a $300 million arms contract, the linchpin in its support of the Afghani Army and police, to 22-year-old Miami Beach resident Efraim Diveroli and his wild-eyed licensed masseur business partner David M. Packouz, 25. Together, they’ve had quite a run hawking decaying bullets and bombs recovered from cold war-era scrap heaps. Now Packouz, or someone going a long way to assume his identity online, tells Radar he’s distancing himself from his partner, trying to be a songwriter.
He’s into poetry, new agey acoustic alchemy, and quality time with his daughter, according to what, by all appearances is Packouz’s MySpace page. Not only is there a picture of Packouz that almost exactly matches the one in today’s Times, but there’s a link to what appears to be his music page, DavidPAQ: MicroCOSM, and a picture of what appears to be the same man—kinda Daughtry-esque—sitting with the daughter he so frequently dotes on in his lyrics. Asked via MySpace message to confirm whether he was the same David in the paper today, “DavidPAQ” replied that he couldn’t comment on the case, saying it’s an ongoing investigation (now soon to be congressional testimony, thanks to Henry Waxman, D-CA), but he did tell Radar this: “How it will affect me only time will tell. My goal has always been to make a living from my music. I should complete my album within a month or two. There will be a song on there about my former scumbag partner (called ‘Hog in the Rat Race’)—I’m in the process of recording it now. Hope you enjoy the music!”