troubleshooting Question

In, why would my webclient.DownloadString instruction produce a string that is missing several Links

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I'm writing an application to read a website that includes a link to a spreadsheet that I need to download on a daily basis. I want to automate this.

Dim strWebPageSource As String
strWebPageSource = New System.Net.WebClient().DownloadString("websiteURL")

String is returned successfully, and parts of the web page are included. However, some of the parts are not included.

When I actually look at the web page manually and do a "VIEW SOURCE", I can see the link (<a href="...">xxx</a>) to the spreadsheet just fine. But the entire tag is missing from my string. There are other selective tags missing, also.

Is this because of some Javascript somewhere? And is there anything I can do to capture these tags?

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