The letter that sparked the Olympic scandal may have come from Tom Welch's secretary, but the former head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee said he had nothing to do with the leak to a local television station.

"It's nothing that would have benefitted me. I was so far from play in the Olympics at the time. I'd been gone two years," Tom Welch told the Deseret News. He said he had not talked with his former secretary, Stephanie Pate, since 1997, the year he resigned as SLOC president.

Pate's attorney confirmed Tuesday that she told federal investigators that in the fall of 1998, she gave to SLOC trustee Ken Bullock a letter detailing a college scholarship to the daughter of an International Olympic Committee member. Her attorney, Greg Skordas, said Pate was not willing to talk with the media.

However, Skordas released a statement from Pate that said Bullock "had concerns about alleged improprieties continuing at the Olympic Committee which he wanted to address with Frank Joklik, then President of SLOC."

Pate said in her statement that because of "Bullock's position as a SLOC board member, I had no reason to deny his request, nor believe the information I presented to him would be given to anyone other than his stated intent.

"Members of the media will have to contact Mr. Bullock as to why and how the information was distributed."

Skordas said Pate "felt pressured" to turn over the letter when asked because she said Bullock was accompanied by his friend, the late Dave Watson, who worked for US WEST and helped Pate secure a job there after she left SLOC.

During one of at least eight interviews she had with federal investigators in late 1998 or early 1999, Pate told investigators she delivered the letter to Bullock in a downtown parking lot, Skordas said.

She also told investigators that when she asked Watson how the letter turned up on a Nov. 24, 1998, news report on KTVX, he told her Bullock gave the letter to Brian Hatch, who was Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini's deputy mayor. Pate indicated that Watson said it was Hatch who turned the letter over to Channel 4 reporter Chris Vanocur, whose story led to local, national and international investigations into the more than $1 million spent to secure the votes of IOC members for Salt Lake's 2002 Winter Games bid.

Bullock said the account was not accurate. He said that although he did have a copy of the letter, he never gave it to Hatch or anyone else to give to a member of the media. He said he did not know what Watson might have done.

"That's not something I engaged in with Dave," Bullock said. He declined to say whether Pate was the source of the letter, which he said he wanted to validate his concerns about money being spent on IOC members.

Hatch also said he was not involved with the leak. In a telephone interview from New York City, Hatch said he did not know why he was named as the person who supplied the letter to Vanocur.

"That is the question I've been asking myself," he said. "The first time I saw the letter, in fact the only time I've seen the letter, was on the television screen for the Vanocur story. This was out of the blue."

Vanocur will not reveal who gave him the letter. "For more than three years, we have been giving the same response. In order to protect our sources, New 4 Utah does not discuss how it obtained the Olympic letter," Vanocur said.

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