The White House issued an official response to a three-page personal letter to President Barack Obama from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
"We can confirm that there was a letter, but obviously not the first," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New York where the president would address Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Convention in his bid for re-election.
The letter was delivered to the State Department on Tuesday for authentication and then to the White House on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
"This is a letter to the president and we just don't get into the business of revealing the contents of those kind of letters," Toner said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also rebuffed Gadhafi's strikingly personal letter to the president.
"I don't think there is any mystery about what is expected from Mr. Gadhafi," Clinton said.
"There needs to be a ceasefire. His forces need to withdraw from the cities that they have forcibly taken at great violence and human cost. There needs to be a decision made about his departure from power...and his departure from Libya," she said.
Earlier, The Associated Press issued the full text of the letter, noting that "the misspellings and grammatical errors are in the original letter."
Our son, Excellency,
We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne. You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that. Enough evidence is available, Bearing in mind that you are the president of the strongest power in the world nowadays, and since Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country. This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered a direct military armed aggression during Reagan's time. This country is Libya. Hence, to serving world peace ... Friendship between our peoples ... and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good.
As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of AlQuaeda in Benghazi.
You - yourself - said on many occasions, one of them in the UN General Assembly, I was witness to that personally, that America is not responsible for the security of other peoples. That America helps only. This is the right logic.
Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame. The problem now stands as follows:-
1. There is Nato intervention politically as well as military.
2. Terror conducted by AlQaueda gangs that have been armed in some cities, and by force refused to allow people to go back to their normal life, and carry on with exercising their social people's power as usual.
Leader of the Revolution
AP contributed to this report.