Meanwhile, Conte has told the Daily News that Smith asked specific questions at the end of their 2001 meeting about what kind of banned substances Conte was supplying.
"I didn't tell Smith anything about the specifics," Conte told The News. "He asked me, 'What are you doing?' I said, 'What do you think we're doing?' He said 'low-dose testosterone, EPO and growth hormone.' That's not what we were doing. The purpose was a background meeting."
Conte describes the questions as tense, and believes that Smith could have been trying to turn Conte in to the authorities.
"Who knows what reason they had for getting near me," Conte said yesterday. "It could have been to stab me, it could have been to work with me....He revealed what he thought we were doing. Of course, in part, it was what we were doing."
Conte said he did not tell Smith about the undetectable steroids that were at the center of BALCO's rise and fall.
At the time of the conversation and in the year that followed it, the sprinters affiliated with BALCO were locked in a close rivalry with Smith's sprinters from HSI, competing for national titles and world championship start positions.
Conte strongly believes that Smith, frustrated by BALCO's success, encouraged track coach Trevor Graham to send a syringe with traces of THG to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2003 - a move that accelerated the government's ongoing BALCO probe
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This article provides a few more pieces to the very complex puzzle.