The White House has denied that senior aides to President Bush violated federal law by disclosing the name of Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak, who wrote last summer that Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, was a CIA employee.
The newspaper, citing people who have been involved in official discussions about the case, said it was not clear where or when Cheney was interviewed. It said he was not questioned under oath or asked to appear before a grand jury.
Cheney was asked whether he knew of anyone at the White House who had discussed the undercover officer’s identity or whether he knew of any concerted effort by aides to name the officer.
Wilson has accused the Bush administration of having leaked the name in retribution for his having publicly questioned the president’s prewar State of the Union claim that Iraq had tried to buy enriched uranium from Niger.