The US State Department has gone into damage control after nude shots of outgoing Secretary Of State Condoleeza Rice appeared on some Internet sites over the weekend.
The pictures were taken some 16 years ago when Ms Rice, then 38, was studying Political Science at Stanford University.
The pictures reportedly show the now Secretary Of State naked in the shower.
'Taken Out of Context'
State Department spokesman Mussharev Pervert said that the pics were part of a womens self defence video that Ms Rice had kindly agreed to pose for while she was at Stanford University.
"The pictures have been taken completely out of context" said Mr Pervert.
"This was an anti-intruder campaign designed for Stanford Female Students instructing them how to defend themselves in a 'home intrusion situation' he continued.
"What the Internet pictures fail to show is Condy then spraying her attacker with Mace,doing a series of highly skilled Karate moves and detaining the suspect until the arrival of the Police"
Several journalists claim that 'off mike' Mr Pervert was heard to mutter to aides "They do show what a nice piece of ass she is though".
A State Department investigation has begun in an effort to discover the source of the leak.
Mr Pervert is heading that investigation.