"The president of the United States has the authority to declassify information. The president would never authorize the disclosure of information that he felt could compromise our nation's security."
Court documents released this week cite an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney as saying Cheney told him that Bush had "specifically authorized" information to be leaked from a classified intelligence assessment of Iraq.
Parts of the assessment were later printed in U.S. newspapers, bolstering the Bush administration's claim that Saddam Hussein was trying to rebuild Iraq's weapons-of-mass-destruction programs. That claim later proved to be wrong.