Key officials deny leaking name

October 05, 2003|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - As the Bush administration worked to assemble records sought by the Justice Department in the inquiry into who leaked the identity of an undercover CIA operative, the White House added yesterday to the list of senior officials who it said had disclaimed responsibility.

Spokesmen said I. Lewis Libby, the chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, and Elliott Abrams, the director of Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, were not sources of the leak.

The White House has said the same of Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser.

The White House statements, an official said, were in response to questions from journalists and were based on the aides' declarations.

The White House has said it will cooperate with the Justice Department and not conduct its own formal probe into the disclosure this past summer that the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who had challenged the credibility of prewar intelligence on Iraq, worked for the CIA.

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