A former FBI agent's new book slamming the White House for security lapses was published without permission from the bureau, the FBI said Friday.
The book by Gary Aldrich, a 30-year FBI agent who worked at the White House from 1990 to 1995, has attracted attention for its assertion that Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed to hire Craig Living-stone, a low-level campaign ad-vance man, as head of personnel security.Livingstone is now at the center of a controversy over hundreds of FBI files that were improperly gathered by the Clinton ad-min-is-tra-tion.
The FBI said Friday that Aldrich had not received permission to print the book, as he was required to do under an agreement of his former employment with the agency.
All employees and former employees of the FBI are required to submit all manuscripts to the FBI for review before publication if they are based on knowledge gained from their FBI work, the agency said in a statement.
Aldrich had submitted his book for review, but that review was not complete.
It was not immediately clear what the penalties are for publishing information that has not been cleared.
Matthew Glavin, president of the conservative, Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation, said that Aldrich just got tired of waiting after submitting his manuscript for FBI review last De-cem-ber. He said Aldrich made several changes at the FBI's request and that the remaining disputes were over "six to eight pages" in the book.