Ex-Press Secretary says Bush Involved in CIA/Plame Leak
In 2003 Scott McClellan, then the White House Press Secretary, tells us he has spoken to Libby and Rove and assures us they were not involved in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Libby was found guilty of four counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in March 2007. Neither he nor anyone else has been charged with the actual leak, but that's probably because everyone is still lying about it.
Yesterday excerpts from McClellan's new book were posted on the publisher's website. What McClellan had said at the 2003 news conference was not true.
Today the publisher has clarified that McClellan believes Bush did not lie: he didn't know the truth at the time either.
Yet someone mislead the President, McClellan and all of us.
At first, Bush promised those responsible for the leak would be removed from his administration. Nothing was said about those who lied about the leak.
Soon, even that was weakened and we were told anyone who committed a crime would be removed. Well. There's the moral highground.
My favorite part is today's response from the White House: the president "would not ask his spokespeople to pass on false information."
And we know this HOW, exactly?