McClellan in New Book: "I Unknowingly Passed Along False Information"

Unclear whether this went up today or if it’s been there for a while, but Public Affairs Books has posted on their Web site an excerpt from the forthcoming memoir by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What’s Wrong with Washington.

The excerpt is brief but compelling:

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 [sic] 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.

Not exactly revelatory, but this snippet does suggest that Mr. McLellan’s book, currently scheduled for publication April 21, could be a very frank one.

(Via Publisher’s Lunch)