The reports of the exact quote that released by the publicist for McClellan's book "WHAT HAPPENED: Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong With Washington" is as follows:
"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," Mr McClellan wrote.
"There was one problem. It was not true," Mr McClellan wrote before making the inflammatory claim: "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." (Independent)- Advertisement -
Not released was exactly how McClellan came to know he had been deceived by everyone.
At this point there is no response from the White House regarding the information that the key players in the administration told McClellan to lie to the press about administration involvement in the criminal exposure of a CIA covert operative. The issue was then compounded by the outing of the cover business that she worked for.
The Plame leak was part of the cloth of lying to the American people and Congress in the administration's justification for a preemptive invasion of Iraq. Plame's CIA connection was leaked in an attempt to discredit Joe Wilson's challenge of the Niger yellow cake uranium validity. It might also have served the purpose of disabling direct intelligence inside Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program.
While the Republicans have tried to minimize Plame, and therefore the severity of leaking her identity, the damage is far larger than just Plame. Plame was a NOC (an espionage agent with a CIA Non-official Cover). She was "employed" by a CIA front company by the name of Brewster-Jennings & Associates:
U.S. intelligence sources have also said that Fitzgerald's investigation has gone far beyond the mere leaking of Plame's name, itself a violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, but has expanded to look into the exposure of Plame's colleagues who worked under the cover of a CIA firm called Brewster, Jennings & Associates. The "brass plate" CIA proprietary had offices in Boston and Washington, DC. Active since 1994, Brewster-Jennings was instrumental in tracking the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and had agents or correspondents in a number of countries including Iraq, North Korea, Belarus, Russia, South Africa, Iran, Israel, China, Pakistan, Congo (Kinshasa), India, Taiwan, Libya, Syria, Serbia, and Malaysia. By releasing Valerie Plame's name, other agents' non-official covers were blown and the lives of U.S. operatives within foreign governments and businesses may have been placed in danger.
So the in addition to the crime of identifying an under cover agent in the employ of a U.S. intelligence organization, this also exposed a front company that was intimately involved in global weapons of mass destruction investigations and monitoring. Further, the scope of that unit included the so-called "state sponsors of terror" and nations who are definitely within the frame for Bush "regime change" - Iran, Syria, and North Korea. Also, Brewster-Jennings was operating in Pakistan which was one of the centers of exporting nuclear weapon technology. Is it only coincidental that the A. Q. Khan "nuclear marketplace" came to public attention in the winter of 2004?
The outing of Plame and Brewster-Jennings, also shut down first hand intelligence coming out of Iran. How convenient to have no confirmation of Iran's nuclear activities if you want to use that activity as legitimation to preemptively attack Iran. Seems, hauntingly similar to the U.S. getting the IAEA investigators out of Iraq prior to the preemptive strike there - legitimated on imaginary weapons of mass destruction.
Some might consider this analysis grasping at straws, or part of some grand "conspiracy theory." I think not. The administration has been characterized as a pack of bumbling fools whose "plans" consistently "fail." I would counter that the neo-conservatives are neither fools nor stupid. They are stacked deep within this administration, and what appears to be "failure" could just as easily be seen as further the plan of U.S. empire. For example, Iraq is promoted as a "failure." However, ongoing chaos in Iraq legitimates a long term (if not permanent) U.S. military presence in Iraq. Even the Democrat's fair haired hawk apparent Hillary Clinton supports an indefinite military presence.
The events of September 11, 2001 launched the formalized game plan of Pax Americana and the transformation of the United States from a democratic republic and on the course of a fascist dictatorship. While, I strongly believe that the administration was directly involved in those events, it was another "convenient" occurrence for overtly launching the grand plan. Lack of information and disinformation is a primary tool of the current cabal. If one thinks that the Plame/ Brewster-Jennings was just accidental, and yet another example of revenge against "enemies" of the administration, I really suggested you look at the "top secret" bombing of the Syrian "nuclear facility" (Wolf 1, Wolf 2). Convoluted? You bet.