Lawyer wants me­dia leaks to stop

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Lance Arm­strong’s at­tor­ney sent a let­ter to the fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor in­ves­ti­gat­ing the seven-time Tour de France win­ner and his as­so­ci­ates for pos­si­ble fraud and dop­ing vi­o­la­tions, com­plain­ing about leaks to the me­dia.

Mon­day’s let­ter from Tim Her­man to As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Dou­glas Miller in Los An­ge­les says it’s “es­pe­cially un­fair to sub­ject Mr. Arm­strong to this con­tin­u­ing me­dia blitz when he is in the mid­dle of his fi­nal Tour de France.”

A copy of the let­ter was ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The let­ter also said Arm­strong’s attorneys talked to Miller about the leaks less than two weeks ago and are “ex­tremely frus­trated that these leaks have in­ten­si­fied.” An e-mail mes­sage left for Miller was not im­me­di­ately re­turned Mon­day.

Arm­strong has de­nied al­le­ga­tions of dop­ing.

The let­ter notes that af­ter see­ing some of the leaks in the me­dia, Her­man re­quested a meet­ing with Miller but that the pros­e­cu­tor re­fused to dis­cuss in­ves­ti­ga­tion the­o­ries or gen­eral topics.

“It is egre­giously un­fair and frus­trat­ing for New York re­porters to have far more knowl­edge about this mat­ter than Mr. Arm­strong or his at-

tor­ney,” Her­man wrote.

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