- The Washington Times - Monday, August 26, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
The top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence said yesterday 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 Select Committee on Intelligence for telephone records, schedules and other documents indicating any conversations that lawmakers had with reporters.
The committees are conducting a joint inquiry into the September 11 attacks.
"I know of no such request of House members," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said in an interview yesterday on the ABC News political talk show "This Week."
"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 September 11," she said.
The FBI is seeking a broad range of records from senators and aides that may 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 from noon on June 18 to 3:15 p.m. on June 19. The latter time is when CNN reported the details of two Arabic-language messages making vague references to an impending attack on the United States. The National Security Agency learned of the messages Sept. 10, but they were not translated until two days later.
Other news organizations also reported on the messages, which contained the phrases, "Tomorrow is zero hour" and "The match is about to begin."
The leaks, Mrs. Pelosi said on "This Week," "are problematic because they reveal, could reveal, our sources and methods. They're problematic because they cause more stress and undue anxiety for the families in thinking that September 11 could have been prevented."
Sen. Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate committee, said the panel members "take these leaks very seriously."
"We have currently under review not only members and staff of Congress but also executive agency and intelligence agency officials who heard the same information during the same closed hearings," he said yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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