UPDATE: Via Drudge, I see that contacts between Bill Burkett and the Kerry campaign have been confirmed:

NEW YORK – At the behest of CBS, an adviser to John Kerry (news – web sites) said he talked to a central figure in the controversy over President Bush (news – web sites)’s National Guard service shortly before disputed documents were released.
Joe Lockhart denied any connection between the presidential campaign and the papers. Lockhart, the second Kerry ally to confirm contact with retired Texas National Guard officer Bill Burkett, said he made the call at the suggestion of CBS producer Mary Mapes.
“He had some advice on how to deal with the Vietnam issue and the Swift boat” allegations, Lockhart said Monday, referring to GOP-fueled accusations that Kerry exaggerated his Vietnam War record. “He said these guys play tough and we have to put the Vietnam experience into context and have Kerry talk about it more.”
Lockhart said he thanked Burkett for his advice after a three to four minute call.
Lockhart said he does not recall talking to Burkett about Bush’s Guard records. “It’s baseless to say the Kerry campaign had anything to do with this,” he said.

CYA, CYA, and CYA!
Looks to me as if the speculation by Power Line was dead-on!
Will the rest of the story about Burkett and his extreme crew be successfully sanitized?
We’ll have to wait and see.
UPDATE: More from Power Line who asks the Rather rhetorical question:

is CBS an adjunct of the Kerry campaign?

(Via Glenn Reynolds, who has more links.)