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Ex-Bush Spokesman’s Tantalizing Snippet on C.I.A. Leak


Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, denied in September 2003 that Karl Rove had revealed the identity of a C.I.A. agent. (Photo: Ron Edmonds/Associated Press)

The hints of intrigue and betrayal at the trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. over the leaking of a C.I.A. agent’s identity grew even more intriguing today as a snippet made the rounds from the forthcoming memoir by Scott McClellan, who was President Bush’s chief spokesperson in 2006.

In the 121 words released by the book’s publisher, PublicAffairs, Mr. McClellan appears to hold President Bush partially responsible for statements to the White House press corps in 2003 that later proved to be inaccurate — that Karl Rove, senior counselor to the president, and Mr. Libby, vice president’s chief of staff, never leaked the identity of the agent, Valerie Plame (emphasis added):
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.
How exactly was the president involved? Did he take part in a cover-up? Will the next few sentences in the book explain the role of each official? Well, until more of the 400-page book is released, we are left with only a tantalizing bit of fodder for close watchers of the C.I.A.-leak story line to chew on.

If Mr. McClellan is the first senior administration official to implicate President Bush in the scandal, we’ll definitely know by April 2008, when the memoir is due to hit store shelves. But something tells The Lede that this won’t be the last little taste of the book that the publisher will, um, leak to the press.

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Yeah now he tells us, riiiiight

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Let the SPIN CYCLE begin.

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It's gonna run outta gas, book doesn't come out until next April.

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"Under conspiracy statutes, individuals can be charged with conspiring to defraud the government if there is an agreement between two or more individuals to obstruct the law, if there is an overt act to further that agreement and there was intent involved.

Such agreements often are referred to as "Klein" conspiracies, based on a 1957 case that involved manipulating funds to conceal the true nature of a financial transaction from the IRS."

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"Under conspiracy statutes, individuals can be charged with conspiring to defraud the government if there is an agreement between two or more individuals to obstruct the law, if there is an overt act to further that agreement and there was intent involved.

Such agreements often are referred to as "Klein" conspiracies, based on a 1957 case that involved manipulating funds to conceal the true nature of a financial transaction from the IRS."
But let me guess, if one of the two co-conspirators is the boss [the Decider] and the other a subordinate [Scottie] would it be an "agreement" or would it be an order and therefore avoid the ol conspiracy conundrum.

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Scott McCellan was always dumber than a box of hammers. I would think Mr. Waxman and his subpeonas may take an interest in this.

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But let me guess, if one of the two co-conspirators is the boss [the Decider] and the other a subordinate [Scottie] would it be an "agreement" or would it be an order and therefore avoid the ol conspiracy conundrum.
We have "Rove, Libby, the Vice President, the President’s chief of staff, and the President himself" on the table. Take your prick, I mean pick.

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