The video was left on the discs, though the normal course of the game will not reveal the clip. Since Hobbes played such a role in the later story, theoretically Hobbes would have been vulnerable to die if they had designed a more extensive permanent losing track earlier in the game. For many years a hacked savegame has been circulating which allowed access to the video, and there was also an mp3 recording of Blair's speech.
"Colonel, I am returning to my Homeworld - - but my admiration for you compels me to provide an explanation for my actions...
You must understand that the Hobbes you knew was a construct, the result of an identity-overlay experiment, initiated long ago by Prince Thrakhath. Lord Ralgha nar Hhallas, you have never truly met. I myself never met him until I heard the Prince utter you Kilrathi title, 'The Heart of the Tiger.' This was the trigger that awakened my true personality - - hidden for so many years. Once awakened by the words of my Prince, I had no choice but to perform his bidding.
Kilrathi do not surrender, nor do we betray. And yet, in being true to my kind, I have betrayed you - - for I have watched you, Colonel - - know you are an honorable warrior... If we meet again... will have no choice but to perform our duties... with honor..."
Blair watches this newsbrief on a type of PDA or notebook on the shuttle taking him from Confed HQ to the TCS Victory.
"Despite recent losses in several densely-populated sectors, Confederation spokespeople insist that Humanity maintains the upper hand in its galactic struggle with the Kilrathi. However, our sources document a consistent underreporting of Kilrathi incursions, as well as civilian and industrial losses. There are even reports of Confed plans for a 'doomsday' evacuation of Earth, replanting the seeds of humanity in a distant galaxy. The question is... who would go? Who would be left behind? And, most importantly, who is making these decisions?"
"According to pilots in numerous sectors, the Kilrathi have ceased the time-honored practice of taking ejected pilots prisoner by plucking them out of space's vacuum and tractoring them aboard support ships. Instead, they have been firing on the defenseless flyers, murdering them in cold blood."
"In other news from the front, we at TNC have confirmation of a strategic withdrawal from outlying confederation sectors. Confed sources suggest this is part of a larger operation to give up sectors of minor importance - - in the hope the Kilrathi will spread themselves too thinly across the galaxy. but independent sources suggest there is little strategy behind the withdrawals: only an improvised response to the advance of the enemy. This is Barbara Miles with a TNC InfoBurst."
"In this week’s top InfoBurst, Confed forces have liberated the enslaved population in the Cabrea system. But the Confederation has clamped down on all vid-transmissions from the system, citing ‘the interests of Confed-security.’ Independent sources, however, report that conditions within the system are so horrific that Confed has concluded freedom-of-the-press must take a back seat to the psychological harm any news releases may do. TNC believes that you the viewer have a right-to-know at all times. Therefore we are currently taking action to combat this clear case or restraint"
"Despite Confederation denials, TNC now has independent confirmation that the population of Locanda IV has been all but wiped out -- victims of Kilrathi germ warfare... And unconfirmed reports suggest that this is not the first time the Kilrathi have unleashed bioweaponry on Confederation civilians"
"Confed sources will neither confirm nor deny reports of new thrusts into Kilrathi territory. However, eyewitness accounts throughout the galaxy suggest that after months of waging a purely defensive campaign, the Confederation is throwing the dice and hoping to roll a 7. This is Barbara Miles for the Terran News Channel."
"Stock markets across The Confederation took a nosedive with reports that an incursion deep into Kilrathi territory resulted in heavy losses, including classified offensive weaponry that had been years in development. Unconfirmed reports had suggested development of a secret weapon that could end the war. But other sources are now extremely pessimistic about concluding this seemingly endless conflict."
"High-tech, the old adage goes, is never cheap or easy. Confed technoids have again pushed the envelope on the ‘bleeding edge’ of technology with the roll-out of the new Excalibur fighter. Its advances range from superior ground-fighting capabilities to enhanced weaponry and acceleration design. The Excalibur was designed specifically to outfly and outfight the Kilrathi Bloodfang."
"And here's one for the personnel file. Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn of Confederation High Command has taken a leave of absence for what’s reported to be ‘personal reasons.’ Our sources speculate that the Admiral has of late been suffering undue stress and depression, due to recent downturns in the war effort. This is Barbara Miles, signing off for TNC."
"The war has united the far-flung outposts of our race in a common cause. Red tape has been cut: an emergency mentality dominates. But critics wonder how the galaxy will shape itself after a successful conclusion of the war: will there be a price to pay for the centralization and militarization of the far-flung societies that comprise The Confederation?"
"There is panic in the streets as the Kilrathi move relentlessly towards Earth. Though Confed sources insist the war is still winnable, civilian population are storming the shuttleports, while more hardy 'survivalists' are seeking foothold in the Himalayas, Antarctica, and other isolated Terran geography."
"Revolution in the Granita System tops our InfoBurst. Ad-hoc government officials in that system are preparing to withdraw from The Confederation and offer negotiated terms to the Kilrathi. ‘Coexistence, not conflict, is the new Granitan policy,’ according to a spokesman. Confederation officials are now meeting with the Granitans to dissuade them of this new approach, arguing that there is no evidence the Kilrathi have ever honored a negotiated peace."
"This is Barbara Miles with another TNC InfoBurst. Reports have surfaced that captured Confederation transports and freighters have been used by the enemy as decoys, luring in unsuspecting fighter pilots who are then ambushed by the enemy."
"And now one from our People file: Megastar Eddie Rickenharp, who single-handedly brought back mini-mono as a popular musical genre, has agreed to entertain Confederation forces amidst the ancient and exquisitely beautiful antiquities of Bistango X. This is Barbara Miles with a TNC InfoBurst."
"Elsewhere on the war front, a blitzkrieg Kilrathi assault has taken the lives of thousands of Confederation servicepeople as they were enjoying a concert put on by the megastar Rickenharp - - against the backdrop of Bistango X’s priceless, millennia-old art treasures. The surprise attack has reduced the beautiful ancient structures to rubble and Rickenharp himself is said to be in critical condition. This is Barbara Miles with another TNC InfoBurst. Thanks for watching"