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Magazine Reveals Tripp Source

The author of an article in The New Yorker that revealed Linda Tripp's 1969 arrest says the source was not a White House official, but the former wife of Tripp's father.

Jane Mayer writes in the magazine's edition on newsstands Monday that Tripp's former stepmother, J. Lowe Davis, volunteered to come forward as the source. It quotes her as saying that stories blaming the White House for the leak are "wrong and unfair."

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Tripp is the Pentagon employee who went to independent counsel Kenneth Starr with tapes she had made of her telephone calls with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In them, Lewinsky allegedly discussed a sexual relationship with President Clinton.

Mayer wrote in The New Yorker's March 23 edition that Tripp failed to state on a Pentagon security clearance form that she had an arrest record.

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