“They were all adults, at least to the best of my knowledge… Some could have theoretically been fibbing about it,” he said.
If the Times or Abramson, or both, is fibbing here, the credibility of the newspaper of record is now suspect.
1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.
1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.