Bill Burkett was the CBS source in the Killian documents affair of 2004. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Texas Army National Guard. Till the date his net wealth accumulated from his profession has not disclosed by any related site, which means his readers have to wait little longer to get to the core of his information.

While he was still connected to his profession, he had claimed that in 1997, while outside the governor's office in Austin, he allegedly overheard a conversation about "wanting to bury George W. Bush's Vietnam service record." This has been disputed.

To the record, Burkett had received publicity in 2000, after making and then retracting a claim that he had been transferred to Panama for refusing "to falsify personnel records of Governor Bush", and in February 2004, when he claimed to have knowledge of "scrubbing" of Bush's TexANG records. According to the review panel, investigations by major news outlets at the time, including CBS, "revealed inconsistencies… which led to questions regarding his credibility and whether his claims could be proven."

There is no much information about him in any particular site, as a result it has been difficult to summarize anything about him in detail without any specific fact. On according to information updated in Wikipedia, Burkett's claims about the origins of the documents have since changed several times. He admitted to lying to CBS about the origin of the memos when he said he got them from fellow guardsman George Conn, then claiming that he received the Killian documents from a woman calling herself "Lucy Ramirez." To date, she has not been identified. The documents, purported to have been typed in the early seventies, were almost certainly produced with a computer using Microsoft Word on default settings. Burkett claims that he burned the originals after faxing copies of the documents to CBS.

When asked about Burkett's role in the controversy, David Van Os, Burkett's lawyer, responded with the hypothetical that someone may have reconstructed documents that the preparer believed existed in 1972 or 1973.[9