The Bush family friend and author who surreptitiously taped nine hours of conversations with George W. Bush insisted yesterday that he hadn't released their contents simply to promote his new book on the U.S. President.

"I didn't do it for the money," Doug Wead said yesterday. "I could sell the tapes, even now, for tremendous amounts of money."

In fact, Mr. Wead said he regrets having made public the tapes, in which Mr. Bush appears to admit using marijuana and talks about how he intends to skate around questions on possible cocaine use.

The Globe and Mail: Bush friend regrets releasing secret tapes


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