ISLAMABAD (Online) - Former US National Security Advisor James Jones has said that he was the intermediary who delivered to former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen a secret memorandum that businessman Mansoor Ijaz purportedly drafted on behalf of the Pakistan government. Jones confirmed to the Pakistani media that he received the memo from the Pakistani-American businessman and delivered it to Mullen in May. Ijaz has claimed that he drafted the memo on the instructions of Ambassador Husain Haqqani, a charge denied by the envoy. However, Jones said he was neither a serving US government official nor associated with the Obama administration in any way when he delivered the memo to Mullen. I was not in government when I forwarded the message to Admiral Mullen on May 10, Jones, who was the NSA of President Barack Obama from January 2009 to October 2010, said in an e-mail sent to some Pakistani journalists. Jones further said he had confirmed his role as the intermediary to The Financial Times four days ago. Haqqani has been at the centre of what the media is referring to as the 'Memogate controversy since Ijaz claimed last month that the memo delivered to Mullen had sought American assistance to prevent a possible military takeover in the wake of the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 02. Though Ijaz claimed he drafted the memo on the instructions of Haqqani, the envoy has said he played no role in drafting or delivering the memo to Mullen.