Saturday, July 02, 2005
Firerworks Blog # 4 CNN Politics : White House vows help in CIA leak probe
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House will cooperate with the Justice Department in its initial inquiry into who leaked the classified identity of a CIA operative, but will not launch an internal probe and will not ask for an independent investigation, a spokesman said Monday.
"The president believes leaking classified information is a very serious matter and it should be pursued to the fullest extent by the appropriate agency and the appropriate agency is the Department of Justice," White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters.
He said the White House would cooperate with any probe, but said the Justice Department has not made any requests for information.
Originally published September 29, 2003