Pelosi does not know of FBI leak probe of House committee

Monday, August 26, 2002

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday she was unaware of any request by the FBI that committee members turn over records as part of an investigation into the leak of classified information.

Agents have asked members of the Senate Intelligence Committee for telephone records, schedules and other documents indicating any conversations that lawmakers had with reporters.

The committees are conducting a joint inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I know of no such request of House members," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "I just want to say that checking on the leaks, wherever they are, is important because some of this information leaked out ... is a distorted view of what may have happened on Sept. 11."

The FBI is seeking a broad range of records from senators and aides that might indicate press contacts, including schedules maintained on electronic devices such as Palm Pilots.

The FBI wants information on any contact those senators had with reporters between noon on June 18 to 3:15 p.m. on June 19.

That is when CNN reported the details of two Arabic-language messages the National Security Agency intercepted Sept. 10 making vague references to an impending attack on the United States. Other news organizations also reported on the messages, which contained the phrases, "Tomorrow is zero hour" and "The match is about to begin."

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