Justice Says It Won't Prosecute Aldrich
'Unlimited Access' author went public without FBI's approval
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, May 26) -- Ex-FBI agent Gary Aldrich won't be prosecuted for going ahead with his book "Unlimited Access" without FBI clearance.
"That's amazingly good news for myself and my family," Aldrich said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Aldrich, whose book was attacked as a work of fiction by the White House, submitted the work for clearance, but went ahead with publication even after the FBI refused to clear parts of it. The policy is meant to protect national security interests.
The Justice Department has said it would not prosecute Aldrich, although a spokesman declined on Sunday to say why.
Aldrich's controversial book portrayed the White House as lax on security and alleged that President Bill Clinton would sneak out for sexual trysts at the downtown Marriott hotel.
Last week, a report in The New Yorker quoted Aldrich as saying, "The Marriott thing was not quite solid. It was hypothetical."
Aldrich said he was misquoted by author Jane Mayer, but she stood my her reporting. "He said every single word exactly as it appears in the magazine," Mayer said.
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