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Biden reveals secret bunker -- or did he?

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden | License Photo

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Did he or didn't he, inquiring minds want to know whether Vice President Joe Biden let slip the whereabouts of the vice president's secret bunker.

Newsweek says he did, but the vice president's office says he didn't, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

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"Joe Biden reveals the bunker-like room is at the Naval Observatory in Washington, where (former Vice President Dick) Cheney lived for eight years and which is now home to Biden," Newsweek reported, saying it happened when Biden attended the Gridiron Club's annual white-tie dinner earlier this year.

Not quite, Elizabeth Alexander, Biden's spokeswoman, said Monday.

"What the vice president described in his comments was not -- as some press reports have suggested -- an underground facility, but rather, an upstairs work space in the residence, which he understood was frequently used by Vice President Cheney and his aides," Alexander said. "That work space was converted into an upstairs guest room when the Bidens moved into the residence. There was no disclosure of classified information."

The Naval Observatory, built in 1893, has provided the official home to vice presidents since 1977, Wikipedia said.

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