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Linda Tripp to Marry in Springtime
AP via AOL ^ | 12.1.03 | By SIOBHAN McDONOUGH

Posted on 12/01/2003 8:48:55 PM PST by IncPen

WASHINGTON (AP) - Linda Tripp, her breast cancer arrested, said Monday she will marry her childhood sweetheart in the spring.

The Pentagon employee who went public with Monica Lewinsky's secrets - and helped set in motion the scandal and impeachment trial over President Clinton's relationship with the White House intern - described her first reaction when diagnosed as ``sheer terror.''

Billed as her first interview since being diagnosed with breast cancer and settling her lawsuit against the Defense Department, Tripp said on CNN's ``Larry King Live'' that she had a lumpectomy and underwent chemotherapy. She said her hair fell out, nails fell off her feet and hands and she had immeasurable muscle and bone pain, making it difficult to walk.

``I was the queen of denial,'' Tripp, 52, said. ``I took care of my children, and they had all their checkups. But in terms of doing what most women should do, missed mammograms and self-exam, I wasn't doing it.''

She doesn't live in daily fear, she said. ``I should probably, but no. I think what it is, you live with a sense of be so thankful for today, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring.''

Tripp, who is divorced, and fiancee Dieter Rousch met when they were 10 years old in 1961.

A beaming Tripp said Rousch, an architect, had stayed in touch with Tripp's family over the years. He had lived next to her grandmother in Germany. They saw each other in summers and saved each other's letters over the years.

They reunited three years ago in Germany. He has since moved to Middleburg, Va., where he owns a Christmas shop.

Tripp called her lawsuit settlement with the Pentagon in November a ``moral victory.''

``It was essentially a restitution,'' she said, noting high legal bills. ``But more than that, they conceded liability.''

Tripp will get more than $595,000 because a Pentagon official released confidential personal information about her to The New Yorker magazine.

Based on information supplied by Pentagon officials in 1998, The New Yorker reported Tripp did not list an arrest on her security application for her job at the Defense Department. She had been charged with larceny as a teenager.

Tripp, who secretly taped Lewinsky's conversations about her relationship with Clinton, sued the Defense Department two years ago, alleging violations of the Privacy Act. She had worked for the department as a public affairs specialist.

The Privacy Act prohibits the government from releasing unauthorized personal information about individual Americans to non-federal organizations.

As part of her settlement, Tripp gets a one-time payment of $595,000, a retroactive promotion and retroactive pay at a higher salary level for 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Tripp now is executive director of the Integrity and Accountability in Government Foundation, designed to help whistle-blowers.

``I had nowhere to go,'' she recalled. ``I had evidence of corruption and abuse in office that was nothing - you know, the public thinks it was about Lewinsky. That was sort of like getting Al Capone on tax evasion. There was so much that I had witnessed and I had nowhere to go.''

Tripp lost her job at the Pentagon in January 2001 after she refused to resign like other political appointees on the last day of Clinton's term.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: loudoun; middleburg; tripp; weddingbells; whistleblower

1 posted on 12/01/2003 8:48:55 PM PST by IncPen
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To: IncPen
Aww shucks!
2 posted on 12/01/2003 8:51:53 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: IncPen
I'm glad to see things looking up for Linda Tripp. She's endured a great deal.
3 posted on 12/01/2003 8:53:51 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: IncPen
I thought the headline read: Linda Trip to marry Springsteen.


5 posted on 12/01/2003 9:01:04 PM PST by Kay Soze (Liberal Homosexuals kill more people than Global Warming, SUVsí, Firearms & Terrorism combined.)
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To: IncPen
She deserves the best life has to offer. Monica Lewinsky owes her life to her. The full power of the Clinton smear machine was arrayed against her.

All because she wouldn't lie to cover up for the President.

We will look back on Feb. 12, 1999 as a watershed moment in history where we failed as a nation to rid ourself of a corrupt, treasonous President and allowed him to stay in office. The harm Clinton did in the two years he was allowed to remain in office was more than he had done in the previous six years, in spite of that idiot Dale Bumper's assertion to the contrary during Clinton's shame trial in the Senate.

People like Linda Tripp, along with Gary Aldrich were maligned to marginalize them and to keep the truth from the surface.

Despite what others may say, we owe her.
6 posted on 12/01/2003 9:05:56 PM PST by exit82 (Sound off to your elected reps in DC: Capitol switchboard toll free number 1-800-648-3516.)
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To: IncPen
I think she got a raw deal. I hope something works out well for her in this life.
7 posted on 12/01/2003 9:08:38 PM PST by RLK
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To: exit82
Yes, we do OWE Linda Tripp....however, I think if we'd gotten rid of x42....we'd now have Gore.....yech!
8 posted on 12/01/2003 9:08:49 PM PST by goodnesswins (Aren't you glad you LIVE IN THE USA?)
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To: IncPen
Will the wedding be taped?

9 posted on 12/01/2003 9:12:26 PM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: IncPen
It was very nice seeing her on LKL. She deserves a LOT of happiness! I don't normally watch CNN but something obnoxious was on Fox and I was channel surfing.
10 posted on 12/01/2003 10:24:27 PM PST by lainde
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