Shelby - Leak Probe

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

U-S Senator Richard Shelby says he's "pleased" the Senate Ethics Committee has ended its investigation of him.

The Alabama Republican was under suspicion of giving the news media classified messages from the eve of the September eleventh
attacks. Intelligence officials say disclosing the intercepted messages might have tipped off terrorists that one of their channels of communication had been compromised.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the Ethic committee's chairman and vice chairman informed Shelby that the case is closed, but they don't say whether they blame him for the information getting out.

Shelby says he'd been confident the matter would be dismissed.

Another letter has informed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that the committee is dropping the case.

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