The FBI denied a CBS report Thursday night that the agency has found no evidence linking Richard Jewell to the Olympic Park Bombing and plans an unprecedented public apology.
The spokesman in FBI’s Atlanta office, Jay Spadafore, said his superiors in Washington had denied the report Thursday night. He refused to comment further.
Jewell was working as a security guard in Centennial Olympic Park when a pipe bomb exploded July 27, killing one person and injuring 111. He was initially hailed as a hero for spotting the bomb before it detonated, but later came under FBI scrutiny.
A thorough search of Jewell’s house and storage sheds have turned up no incriminating evidence and a comparison of Jewell’s voice with that of a 911 caller warning of the bomb found no apparent similarities, CBS said.
If a few remaining forensic tests show no connection between Jewell and the bombing, officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice feel they owe Jewell a public explanation, CBS said.
“We have to do something,” CBS quoted one senior official as saying.