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AOL to capitalize on "Monicagate"

America Online plans to offer live chat and coverage when Monica Lewinsky is interviewed by Barbara Walters on television later this month.

America Online said today it plans to offer live chat and coverage when Monica Lewinsky is interviewed by Barbara Walters on television later this month, the latest attempt by an Internet company to capitalize on "Monicagate."

The world's biggest online service said it will offer live coverage and commentary in a "Monicathon" on March 3, the night of the ABC television interview. On March 11, Andrew Morton, Lewinsky's biographer, will join AOL members in a live chat about her book Monica's Story.

AOL said it has a new site featuring the latest news on "Monicagate," a chronicle of events, a chance for AOL users to buy Lewinsky's book, and a chat room. In a poll on the site, 54 percent of more than 26,000 voters said they plan to watch the interview; 26 percent said they don't.

The Internet has continued to play a role in the story of Lewinsky's affair with President Clinton. Deposition transcripts of Lewinsky's testimony were released on the Web last month. Previous testimony from the case also has been released online.