But, at the end of the day, NIST were still correct...
In the end, there was never any way for NIST to be incorrect in any "critical" way in the first place.
You are inferring entirely different things when you wrongly claim their error to be "critical", as you well know. (We know the player made the break. He was the only person in the room.)
What would be critical or serve as a falsification of the NIST report?
Perhaps this will save everyone a lot of time, technical details... rhetoric and semantics: Nothing.
But that won't stop us from playing pretend and debating it as if there could be "critical" errors, apparently.