(CNN) – Two days after Oregon authorities released a transcript of a massage therapist accusing forrmer Vice President Al Gore of "unwanted sexual contact" in connection with a 2006 encounter, questions are being raised about the accuser's motives and why media outlets did not report the story sooner.
Mark Garber, the editor of the Portland Tribune, said his paper investigated the matter for months but ultimately concluded there was not enough evidence to run the story.
"We uncovered information that created significant questions in the minds of the four editors and the investigative reporter who were involved with this story. We still are not yet in a position to publish the information that helped dissuade us from the story," Garber wrote in a post on the paper's website.
Garber also said the paper was concerned with the fact that the woman "attempted to make her cooperation contingent upon her having a degree of editorial control that we couldn't allow."
In a statement released to the media earlier this week, the Portland Police Department said the allegation involved an encounter between Gore and the licensed massage therapist at a hotel on October 24, 2006. The department concluded there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the former vice president.
But Portland police spokeswoman Mary Wheat told CNN they released their report on the alleged sex crime this week because the National Enquirer was set to publish a story on the matter.
Barry Levine, the executive editor of the National Enquirer, told Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor Howard Kurtz that the still-unidentified woman demanded the tabloid pay her $1 million for the story.
The Enquirer ultimately decided not to pay for the story because it was able to obtain the detailed police report. Levine also suggested the tabloid was troubled the woman did not make a statement to the police for more than two years after the alleged incident took place. However he ultimately published the piece because "we felt, if this was in legitimate police documents, that was a story that should be brought to the surface.
After the police report was made public, several national news organizations – including CNN – reported the story. Kurtz told CNN he's not surprised the mainstream media ran with the report even though the underlying evidence of its truthfulness appeared tenuous.
"The reason this story was fit to print – even though we don't know the woman's claims are true – is that there are police records involved," said Kurtz. "So there are plenty of reasons for mainstream journalists to be skeptical about a four year claim by a woman who declined to be interviewed by the police for at least two years. But once the Portland authorities looked into the matter and generated public records, it becomes hard to ignore such a story when a former vice president is involved."
Portland Police said Wednesday the woman came to the department in January 2009, explaining that she would like to give a statement. "The woman read from a prepared statement and detailed the events of October 24, 2006. She reported that she was repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual touching while in his (Gore's) presence," the police department's statement Wednesday said.
Earlier this year, the woman asked investigators if she could edit her statement, indicating that she could provide detectives with more information, authorities said.
Gore's office has refused to comment on the story.