We've covered this before and found that Marion Barry was deceptive in his answers about smoking crack cocaine. After that, the video of him smoking it came out.
We note how dropping a pronoun is reduced commitment and is done sometimes by the deceptive.
We also know that "never" is not a Reliable Denial, since "never" covers a vast portion of time and allows the subject to feel less internal stress of lying.
Lance Armstrong "never" took PEDs. Note the article from the NY Post below has the dropped pronoun.
A reliable denial has 3 components. Any less than three and it is Unreliable. Anything added to a reliable denial will nullify it as well.
I. the pronoun "I"
II. the past tense verb "did not" (or "didn't")
III the specific allegation answered.
"I did not smoke crack" would be very strong.
We learned, years ago, that Marion Barry was unable or unwilling to say these simple words, even though he was interviewed repeatedly.
Statement Analysis Rule:
If a subject is unwilling or unable to say he did not do it, we are not permitted to say it for him.