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Ex-Press Secretary Claims Team Bush Deceived Him in Plame Case

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

Finger-pointing: McClellan fields questions from White House reporters during his tenure as press secretary for President Bush’s administration.

There has been no shortage of tell-all books from people who once traveled in the Bush White House’s innermost circles and now want to come clean (paging George Tenet), but the latest one, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What’s Wrong With Washington,” is a real bombshell—primarily because McClellan alleges that the president, the vice president and three other high-ranking officials allowed him to pass “false information” about the Valerie Plame CIA identity leak case to the press. 

McClellan doesn’t specify (at least not in this excerpt) which of those high-ranking politicians knew that the information was false at the time, however.

From Public Affairs Books’ excerpt of McClellan’s “What Happened”:

The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

There was one problem. It was not true.

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.

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By purplewolf, November 21, 2007 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

Pacrat-what post are you talking about. This article doesn’t even mention John Edwards.

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By lastdaywatchers, November 21, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

It has been the May 15th Prophecy that has declared that the U.S “would lie at every turn”

The May 15th Prophecy has accurately predicted the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The May 15th Prophecy has been the only source that have given detail with 100% accuracy of what is really happening in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and the greater Middle East.

You should do a Goggle search of the “May 15th Prophecy” or go to

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By SamSnedegar, November 21, 2007 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

It really is hard to believe that someone in the Bush administration would tell an outright lie. But don’t blame Bush; he never lies, not because he is above it in any way, but because there has yet to be a subject about which he knows enough to be able to discern when what he says about that subject would be wrong and untrue. He knows the truth anent so few things that it is virtually impossible for him to lie; he can only misstate or be mistaken, but to lie deliberately one must first know the truth, something which the moronic preznit is not mentally equipped to do.

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By felicity, November 21, 2007 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

Political crimes vs ordinary crimes have always ruled the day.  I mean let’s face it.  If I’m a politician I can give an order (based on a lie) which results in the deaths of thousands, even millions of people and walk away free as a bird.

And then there’s lying, the mother’s milk of politicians and just fine - if you’re not on a witness stand. Maybe in some convoluted way McClellan is laying the groundwork for the day he may be called to testify in a court of law.  (Actually I suspect it’s just a book promotion.)

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By jatihoon, November 21, 2007 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

What a mockery of the truth. All this so called book writers, looking for money. { money is cause of all evils.}In the meantime because of these born again “TO TELL THE TRUTH” guys thousands of innocent lives are being lost and destroyed.

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By GAndersen, November 21, 2007 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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Will someone explain something to me?

If the Democrats hold a majority in congress by one person and that one person is Joe Lieberman, do they really hold a majority or any power?

I keep hearing the spineless democrats and I sort of understand it but if Lieberman is voting republican does this not mean that the democrats really do not have the ability to change much If the republican ranks remain tight can the Democrats really have an impact, even if the want to?

Please help me understand this

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By Hammo, November 21, 2007 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

Scooter Libby didn’t spill the beans about any possible involvement in the Valerie Plame-Wilson case regarding the roles of Bush, Cheney or others.

That said, it’s not rocket science to consider that there might have been the involvement of others.

Journalists such as Robert Novak, Tim Russert and others were used as mouthpieces as well.

Again, there is a nexus of Bush-Cheney operatives and the news media and journalism.

More on this in the article ...

“Society of Professional Journalists’ Award to Judith Miller Helps Cover-Up?”

American Chronicle
October 27, 2005

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By mackTN, November 21, 2007 at 8:01 am Link to this comment
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McClellan has clearly implicated his people, I beg your pardon.  While there is a certain amount of coyness around the edges—as publishers are wont to do when money is waiting for them—there is no doubt what McClellan is charging.

You don’t make this kind of charge, then retreat into ambiguity.  Not at people this high up, not at the president. 

This tease tells me that this book will lay everything out….

and the White House is very quiet.

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By Miguel, November 21, 2007 at 7:54 am Link to this comment
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dong k, hirayama writes:

“Now is the time to let bygones be bygones!...”

This is an example of an American who would prefer to put his/her head in the sand and pretend nothing is happening. Typical of most Americans. Sad, because this type of thinking allows REAL criminals to get away with murder, literally!
Imagine if everyone thought the same of murderers, or for that matter murderous paedophiles, that got away with their crimes! Why prosecute them after time has passed and have not been caught! We might as well say “since we’ve not caught them is the time to let bygones be bygones!”
The difference here is that Bush and co. are not only guilty of crimes they are accused of, but they’re continuing their criminal activities as I write this!!!
What a shitty country America is, and the majority of its people!

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By Verne Arnold, November 21, 2007 at 7:44 am Link to this comment

Yo!  Come on people…this is one small excerpt.  It’s not supposed to be the whole fact.  This is marketing (put out a teaser), you know, let’s sell some books!
Calm down and wait for the full story.  Yes, it’s probably, “probably”, as bad as you imagine, but don’t go off on nothing.  Wait…we’ll get this bastard, just not quickly.  And remember, tenacity and perseverance will win the day….eye on the prize.  Keep diligent!

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By Pacrat, November 21, 2007 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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Why is John Edwards Angry and Hostile?

I don’t think it has much to do with this campaign.

He is angry and frustrated because he should have been vice president and resents the minor role he had to play in the Kerry campaign that was poorly managed. And now it looks like he won’t make it again, this time to the Presidency.

He is angry about his wife’s cancer and its return - both of them and their family are facing an unpleasant future. Can you blame him?

To attack a sitting senator as being part of the corporate takeover of our government is ridiculous. As a former senator he allowed the corporations to take over. Who paid for his first campaign. Who is providing money for this campaign?

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By Alejandro, November 21, 2007 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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What a joke. If it wasn’t for the fact that so many young men and woman let alone real innocent Iraqi men women and children have been murdered by these bastards, I might laugh at all the finger pointing. The spineless Democrats are the worst of the lot, to my way of thinking. All, except a very few, go to hell along with this sociopathic administration. The thought police will be after me very soon I’m sure.

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By dong k, hirayama, November 21, 2007 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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Now is the time to let bygones be bygones!
The Iraq war brought about many complicated subjects and mixed felings in and abroad.  Whether that was due to misjudgement and/or misiformation, today’s situation in and abroad in conjunction with the war shows by itself.  The incumbent would like to vindicate its honor injured in and abroad coping with time and timing; however, time can only tell the results - how will it an end between prologue and epilog….

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By 1drees, November 20, 2007 at 11:56 pm Link to this comment
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I stand with Frank (#114812 by Frank on 11/20 at 7:16 pm ) which means that my point of view is the same as his.
TO ME, this guy made a living out of LYING on the record everyday and facing millions over the telecast, LYING in front of about a minimum of 20 people in the hall, and that he called HIS JOB. NOW that he’s no longer employed and no longer making money out of lying he wants to have himself DECLARED an INNOCENT, with the same modus operendi as Mr Colin Powell, who also CLAIMS “INNOCENCE” after having LIED in the UN (in a way he addressed about 4 billion people).
So i guess this is a new disease of the AGE, LIE all the TIME to make money and to kill others and later throw yourself at the people CLAIMING INNOCENCE and CLAIMING not being informed. and then wait till the next opportunity arises when you can lie again and make some more money, the last pardon gets you the next job.
THIS IS 2007, everything is out there, these people employed in the inner circles of the Govt definately had the means to find out through small talk with peers and they must have done that when it was all going down BUT after their money making period as LIARS now they wish to be declared “INNOCENT” on the basis of their LYING WORDS.

EXCEPT for the very RARE ( 6% max) MISINFORMED or LESS-INFORMED people of North America, MOST knew what was going on and they were FINE & DANDY with it and that is why the game has been such a success so far. There is no way that these people who were with in the folds of the govt and did not know what lies and games were being played or planned. FOR ME all INNOCENTS are definately not worth litsenning to, its just that they LIED before to make many and now they are LYING to save grace and be declared Innocent so that next similar job does become possible.

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By Joe R., November 20, 2007 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment
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More proof that everything this bunch has said is a lie.  What will the Democrats do about it?  My guess is nothing.

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By 911truthdotorg, November 20, 2007 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

The bush crime family in yet another lie in an endless string of lies.

What a shock.

And yet, people still have a problem considering the possibility that they were involved with 9/11.

What do these monsters have to do to make the American sheeple wake up and see the truth about their slow destruction of this country??  My God!

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, Terror Storm, 9/11 Mysteries

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By rodney, November 20, 2007 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment
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But the democrats will probably do nothing about it. Nixon would be proud because Bush got away with it and he Nixon got impeached. Obstruction of justice is just the latest crime committed by Bush which includes torture,crimes against humanity,war crimes, violating the U S constitution,violating the Geneva Convention,illegal wiretaps.looting the US and Iraqi treasuries,and pardoning criminals to cover up his own crimes. But I believe Bush will get away with this also. Instead of building a presidential library for him . they should be building a presidential jail for the day he and Cheney leave office.

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By ocjim, November 20, 2007 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

This is shocking when you consider how disingenuously he defended the misanthrope, Bush. How much more do we have to hear about the corruption of the Bush administration—lies, perjury, abuse of power, a war bringing hundreds of thousands of deaths. Then there is abuse and neglect of veterans who served in Bush’s war. The latest stories involve the military billing wounded veterans for leaving the service early, and a soldier jerked out of a mental hospital as AWOL.

When are we going to jerk the criminal out of the White House?

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By thomas billis, November 20, 2007 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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Oh Please Scott.What a surprise you as Press Secretary were use to send out bullshit.What an earth shattering revelation.The question becomes why the Washington press corp took your bullshit and turned it out as news.Cover your own ass Scotty.Read the Nuremberg transcripts they were only following orders also.

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By Frank, November 20, 2007 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment
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Fuck him! Don’t buy it and don’t read it. He lied DAILY and not one so-called journalist tried to get him to tell the truth because they are complicit….. it’s no different from McNamara letting good men die in Vietnam and waiting till now to write how fucking sorry he is….....

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By QuyTran, November 20, 2007 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

McClellan was a man who used his tongue to lick Bush/Cheney anus and he’s now trying to clean up his fetid face. New Week Magazine will hire him as Karl Rove’s assistant !

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By Terry, November 20, 2007 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment
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Imagine my surprise, the whole world knows that from the top down the US gov is filled with cowards, traitors and pathological liars, and if anyone there had any backbone they would be hauled off to Guantanamo, where they will not be tortured cos’ the US doesn’t torture, and they wouldn’t be allowed to see the charges or evidence against themselves, because that would compromise national security, come back stalin all is forgiven.

Other than that I have no strong feelings either way.

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By GB, November 20, 2007 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment
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Pelosi, Hoyer, Hello!! (sounds of empty night and crickets)

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By lanyardsuige, November 20, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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The only advantage of having professional victims for political adversaries: once caught, they squeal like a pig.
BTW: Who ghost-writes this garbage?  It has the elegance of a high school term paper…

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