Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson Discusses Allegations That White House Was Involved In CIA Leak Scandal
An excerpt from the soon-to-be-released book by former presidential press secretary Scott McClellan reveals that President Bush and Vice President Cheney led him to tell journalists that top White House aides played no role in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.
In the book excerpt posted on the publisherâs website, the former White House press secretary discussed a famous 2003 press briefing during which he told reporters that Karl Rove, the president's political adviser, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, had nothing to do with the leak. McClellan now says he was misled. "There was one problem," he wrote of what he told journalists that day. "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 (Andrew Card) and the president himself," according to a quote from former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.
The White House targets were CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, whoâs trip to Niger in 2002 to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium from that African nation was one of the presidentâs main justifications for invading Iraq.
Former ambassador Joseph Wilson joins us now. WMNF began by asking: What do you make of the McClellan quote?
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