- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 7, 2001


Chandra Ann Levy's aunt yesterday issued a statement accusing Rep. Gary A. Condit of a "lack of candor" in the disappearance of 24-year-old intern and calling on the California Democrat to tell all he knows about her whereabouts and her activities before she vanished.
"The Levy family is frustrated and outraged that Congressman Gary Condit and his associates have mischaracterized Chandra Levy's relationship with the congressman. From my many conversations with her, it was clear, without a doubt, that they were involved in an intimate relationship," Linda Zamsky said in a written statement.
Mrs. Zamsky said she had spoken often with her niece before she was last seen in the District on April 30, noting that Miss Levy "was upbeat and full of life. There was absolutely no indication that she was upset. No one in her family believes that she committed suicide."
Her statement was issued by the D.C. law firm of Dyer, Ellis and Joseph, where Billy Martin practices. Mr. Martin is the local attorney hired last month by Miss Levy's parents, who reside in Modesto, Calif. The Washington Post first reported Mrs. Zamsky's account yesterday.
Marina Ein, spokeswoman hired by Mr. Condit's attorney, yesterday issued a statement saying Mr. Condit and his wife, Carolyn, have told authorities "what they know that can be helpful," adding that the Condits do not want to feed "an already out-of-control media frenzy."
Mr. Condit, 53, has described Miss Levy as a "good friend." His congressional district includes Modesto.
D.C. police detectives and FBI agents on Thursday conducted a long-sought interview of Mrs. Condit in their investigation of Miss Levy's disappearance.
Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said detectives have ruled out suicide in the case, saying they believe Miss Levy vanished of her own accord or met with foul play.
Detectives would have found her body by now if she had killed herself, the chief said.
Chief Ramsey, who said police have interviewed more than 100 people in the case, reiterated that police have no evidence of foul play and no suspects for any crime, including Mr. Condit.
Meanwhile, police on Thursday recovered from a Northern Virginia convenience store possibly the last images taken of Miss Levy before she vanished, a source familiar with the case said.
A clerk at a 7-Eleven store on Lee Highway identified Miss Levy as a customer in a surveillance videotape that was recorded April 29, the source said. The clerk also recalled talking to Miss Levy as she shopped and confirmed to investigators that she visited the store, which is about five miles from her D.C. apartment.
"It widens the area she could have covered significantly," said the source. "It also establishes a new timeline."
The Washington Times on Wednesday reported that detectives have interviewed six women who said they have had romantic relationships with Mr. Condit, according to a law enforcement source.
The women came forward after Miss Levy was reported missing in early May, the law enforcement source said. They included a United Airlines flight attendant who said in a television interview Monday that Mr. Condit pressured her to deny their yearlong affair in a written statement.
"We've talked to five other women other than the flight attendant," a law enforcement source told The Times.
Flight attendant Anne Marie Smith, 39, of San Francisco said in her interview on Fox News that she refused to sign the statement. Miss Smith, speaking in Seattle, also said Mr. Condit told her not to cooperate with the FBI, which had contacted her in the Levy investigation.
In a written statement, Mr. Condit denied telling Miss Smith to mislead investigators or not talk to the FBI.
"I have not asked anyone to refrain from discussing this matter with authorities, nor have I suggested anyone mislead the authorities," he said.
His office in California issued a statement from the law firm representing him disputing Miss Smith's account. Cotchett, Pitre and Simon said it e-mailed a "draft" statement to Jim Robinson, Miss Smith's attorney in Seattle, to clarify her relationship with the congressman regarding a tabloid magazine report about the matter, not the authorities.
Mr. Robinson was to review the statement and "edit, cut, suggest" changes before having Miss Smith sign it, the law firm statement reads.

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