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In a letter reportedly written from federal prison, disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick claims Michigan officials have known about contamination in Flint’s water supply for much longer than they’re letting on.

In the letter obtained by local ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit through a Facebook message that Kilpatrick’s family reportedly sent to the station, the former mayor says he knew about problems in Flint’s water supply in 2004 and that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, current Gov. Rick Snyder and several state legislators have long been aware of the contamination.

The letter loses credibility, local media outlet MLive points out, with Kilpatrick’s claims that his office and Flint officials in 2004 and 2006 attempted to switch Flint to Detroit’s water system. Flint was already connected to Detroit’s water system then, and switched to the Flint River as a water source in 2014.

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