'Worse Than Watergate' Once the White House counsel to President Nixon, John Dean played a key role in exposing the Watergate scandal. His new book -- Worse Than Watergate -- examines the Bush administration's policies on Oval Office secrets. NPR's Liane Hansen interviews Dean.

'Worse Than Watergate'

Dean Book Cites Secret-Keeping at Bush White House

'Worse Than Watergate'

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White House reporters ritualistically complain that every Oval Office occupant cloaks his presidency in secrecy. But different administrations manage information manipulation better than others. Bill Clinton's White House was known as a place with so many leaks a raincoat was needed indoors. Richard Nixon was known for his obsession with secrecy to the point of paranoia.

Reporters covering the White House of George W. Bush claim that the current administration is more pre-occupied with controlling information than any of his predecessors. John Dean is familiar with the desire to protect White House secrets. In 1973, Dean revealed the deepest secrets of the Nixon White House.

In his new book, Worse than Watergate, Dean examines how the Bush administration keeps its secrets. NPR's Liane Hansen spoke with Dean before the Bush White house released an Aug. 6, 2001 presidential daily briefing that warned Osama bin Laden was planning an attack inside the United States.