Former Tennessean says he's a teacher, not a US agent

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- Russian officials say former Tennessean Michael Lee White was a U.S. agent involved in the recent fighting between their troops and Georgia.

But he says he's a teacher at a business college in southern China.

The CIA on Wednesday denied White was working for the U.S. intelligence agency.

White's name popped up last Thursday as Russian officials were suggesting Americans directly supported Georgia's Aug. 7 assault on the breakaway province of South Ossetia, which is backed by Russia.

White has a military background, but in a non-combat position. He said that from 1992 to 1997, he was a petroleum-supply specialist, driving trucks and fueling helicopters in Germany, Bosnia and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

When he left the military, White said, he finished a degree in public administration at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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