Question for the Pentagon

QUESTION FOR THE PENTAGON….Regarding Newsweek’s Koran desecration story, editor Mark Whitaker says that “before deciding whether to publish it we approached two separate Defense Department officials for comment.” Neither of these officials disputed the report.

Who were these officials? And if the Koran story was false, why weren’t they willing to say so? That seems like odd behavior when presented with a story that everyone is now claiming was obviously irresponsible and incendiary.

Has anyone asked the Pentagon about this?