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Te'o: 'I Didn't Know Who to Trust'

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During Manti Te’o’s first televised interview after the dead girlfriend hoax that is engulfing him, he listened to a voicemail from the person purported to be Lennay Kekua – a voice that was revealed Thursday to be that of the alleged hoaxer himself, a 22-year-old man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

“Doesn’t it sound like a girl?” Te’o asked Katie Couric. “It sounds like a girl.”

Consider it yet another of the mind-bending twists in the saga that has broadsided the former Notre Dame linebacker, whose sit-down with Couric was his first on-camera appearance since the story broke on Jan. 16.

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