In a recent blog response to his own post, Matt Cutts has responded to allegations about the open dispute about Aaron and Google.
In a nutshell, Matt says that there were some blackhat practices intertwined with whitehat sites and that the dispute has been resolved.
Now I know both of them so I personally cannot comment on the incident, but the discussion moves to Sphinn where webmasters are happy that this has been brought to the limelight and that there's no leniency from Google when it comes to webmasters' activity.
But an interesting question emerges from the thread:
Aaron: "my link profile was at least 95% organic, clean, and hand built using editorial votes"
Matt: "Aaron obtained and promoted a domain in ways that Google considers blackhat"
Can really both be true?
I suppose I'll leave it at that. :)
Forum discussion continues at Sphinn.