asusplay - 12:19 pm on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
To answer your question, no I didn't build these links. I hired an SEO company who did link building for me in terms blog writing etc, white hat stuff to increase the link profile.
However on seeing the actual link profile on Majestic I have seen some things which I am not happy with, such as blog spam, some site-wide links etc. When I have raised this I was told it was OK as my competitors were all doing this (my site is in a very competitive field). So unfortunately I cannot remove these links (which are not that many), and have to rely on things like Majestic and WMT to figure out what has been done.
However my site is not an authority in that niche despite my efforts in all of these years so I guess like you said anything that could be perceived as negative will have a negative effect and not just be ignored.
My gripe with submitting a reinclusion request is admittance of wrong doing in the first place...