Bush authorised leak on Iraq, reveals Cheney

Ex-US vice president`s book `In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir` will be out on Tuesday.

Washington: Former US vice president Dick Cheney has revealed in his forthcoming book, `In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir`, that he was surprised to learn that former president George W Bush had personally authorised a leak about Iraq strategy to a Washington Post columnist.

He believed that the disclosure is "a real disservice" to US troops.

"I was very concerned when I read the piece, and I raised it with the president in the Oval Office. ‘Whoever is leaking information like this to the press is doing a real disservice, Mr President,’ I said, ‘both to you and to our forces on the ground in Baghdad.’ … ‘We have to correct this, particularly with our generals in the field,” Politico quoted Cheney, as saying.

"A short time later [national security adviser] Steve Hadley came into my office and closed the door. He told me that he was the source for Ignatius and that he’d talked to him at the instruction of the president,” he added.

The book, written with his daughter Liz Cheney, will be out on Tuesday.


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