A defense lawyer has acknowledged he leaked an FBI videotape to a TV reporter facing jail time for protecting his source, but he claims he never asked that his identity be kept secret.

Joseph Bevilacqua Jr. confirmed to a special prosecutor on Nov. 24 that he provided the undercover videotape to WJAR-TV reporter Jim Taricani, court papers filed Wednesday said. Bevilacqua is the lawyer for former city tax official Joseph Pannone, who was convicted in a Providence corruption scandal.