Dems' Prints All Over McClellan's 'Bitter Retort'
Leak account has Novak wondering who really wrote book
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 1:51 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Scott McClellan's treatment of the Valerie Plame leak case has a key player wondering who really guided the former press secretary’s pen. "His robotic performances from the White House podium seemed only to disgorge what he had been told, and What Happened has the similar feel of someone else's hand," Robert Novak, to whom Plame's CIA role was leaked, writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Novak says the retelling mirrors the Democrat-pushed "conspiracy theory that McClellan now buys into," though thoroughly debunked. Once again exonerating George Bush and Karl Rove on the matter, Novak reminds that anti-war Richard Armitage was the source of the leak—a fact conveniently ignored in McClellan's book, which he "could not have written this book by himself."