- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2002

RICHMOND The woman believed to have passed the phone number and password for a Democratic conference call to the director of the Virginia Republican Party said yesterday she is not the "villain" in the case.
"I look like the villain, and I'm not," Jacquelyn M. Daniel told the Associated Press.
Sources said Miss Daniel gave the phone number and password to Edmund A. Matricardi III. He was indicted April 9 on four felony counts of illegally intercepting calls in which Gov. Mark R. Warner, Democratic legislators and lawyers discussed strategy in a lawsuit over Republican-authored redistricting.
Mr. Matricardi resigned his Republican Party job shortly after he was indicted.
Miss Daniel refused to say whether she provided the numbers to Mr. Matricardi. "It doesn't make good sense to talk now," she said.
She said she has not heard if she will be charged in the case, "but who knows?"
"I have to ride it out," she said.
Miss Daniel gave the phone number and password to Mr. Matricardi, said sources involved in the investigation who asked not to be identified. The sources said she received the number from Joseph Lee, former campaign manager for Delegate Fenton L. Bland, Petersburg Democrat.
Miss Daniel, once a staff member of the Democratic Party of Virginia, indicated "she was disenchanted" with the Democratic Party, said a state official familiar with the case.
Miss Daniel's position on political eavesdropping was "they all do it," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Miss Daniel works as a marketing analyst for the state Department of Minority Business Enterprise.
Mr. Lee, a staff attorney for the State Corporation Commission, hung up when asked yesterday if he provided the phone number and password to Miss Daniel.
Mr. Bland did not immediately return a phone call.
Mr. Matricardi appears headed for trial on wiretapping charges. During a hearing on Friday, Mr. Matricardi's attorney, Steven D. Benjamin, did not dispute that Mr. Matricardi monitored the calls but argued unsuccessfully that the case should be dropped because of a 1978 state Supreme Court ruling that a phone is not an "intercept device" under state law.
Two other Republicans were implicated in the case last week.
The cellular telephone number of Claudia D. Tucker, the top aide to House Speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr., appeared on a list of numbers automatically logged in to a March 25 Democratic conference call. Mr. Wilkins, Amherst Republican, placed her on paid leave on Monday.
Miss Tucker and her attorney, former Democratic Attorney General Anthony Troy, insist she has broken no law. Telephone messages were left yesterday for Mr. Wilkins.
Last week, House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, Salem Republican, alerted Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore that Jeff Ryer, the spokesman for the House Republican Caucus, may have witnessed some Republican eavesdropping on Democratic calls.
Mr. Griffith was vacationing in the Asian nation of Burma when the conference calls took place and had not been linked to the case.

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