Flute, i'm long hlf and am delighted with icahn's friday move. However, someone is blatantly lying, and I'm wondering why would ackman lie so obviously? What would the payoff have been for ackman? I suppose if it had been true and (even though he had not taken up the offer) why would ackman open his mouth now? An offer might have come along again. It certainly won't now.
What I don't understand is:
1 If Jefferies were putting that offer together and ackman was on board, why did it not proceed?
2 Surely, it is very easy to verify whether Jefferies WAS (or not) putting an offer together, thus proving whether
ackman or icahn is the liar. Why would either person leave themselves open to discrediting their reputation?