OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols now claims a former top official in the FBI was behind the bombing plot.
Nichols says in a statement for a federal lawsuit that bomber Timothy McVeigh identified deputy FBI director Larry Potts as the man directing the scheme.
Potts says the claim is nonsense and ridiculous and the FBI calls Nichols' allegation "completely without any factual basis."
Nichols' statement gives no explanation why an FBI official would want a federal building bombed.
The statement was made for a lawsuit by Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue who believes his brother was killed in the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center in August 1995. Trentadue thinks his brother was killed after being mistaken for a suspect in the bombing.
Federal officials say the brother, Kenneth Trentadue committed suicide.
Nichols is now serving life without parole on state and federal convictions for his role in the bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001.