As everyone knew when he left the White House, Scott McClellan was going to write a book. The main issue that the book had to deal with was McClellan standing up in front of the White House press corp, shortly after taking the job as president's official
liar spokesman, and stated that Rove and Libby had nothing to do with the leak of Valerie Plame's name. Now, Scotty is coming clean. Everyone lied to him. The Vice President Cheney who wrote out the talking points. Karl Rove, Andy Card and I "Scooter" Libby lied to him. Most importantly, the President lied to him. This again puts president Bush in the thick of the CIA leak. Many progressives have suspected that Bush was involved from the beginning. Only later, did Cheney try to run interference for him.
One of the interesting questions, is why is this information coming out now? The McClellan's book isn't going to be released for another 12 -14 months. I'm sure that everything will become clear soon.
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recount the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Monday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself." (more...)