Libby found guilty in CIA leak trial

March 6, 2007 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Simon Jeffery
Tuesday March 6, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was today found guilty on four out of five counts of perjury and obstruction.

Mr. Libby was on trial for a cover-up linked to the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He was accused of lying to investigators and a grand jury inquiring into whether White House officials leaked the name of a CIA operative married to a Bush administration critic. The complex case turned on a claim in George Bush’s state of the union address that Iraq was seeking uranium yellowcake from Niger as part of its aim of achieving a nuclear weapons capability. A former US ambassador, Joe Wilson, went to Niger to investigate, concluded the story was untrue and wrote a piece for the New York Times saying so. The Bush administration, amid accusations it was out for revenge against the former ambassador, leaked to the press that Mr. Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA. During a federal investigation into the leak, Mr. Libby said he had been told by reporters about her identity. Reporters disputed this version of events. Mr. Libby is the only person charged in a case that has gripped Washington’s political and media elite. Mr. Cheney was expected to be called to testify in support of Mr. Libby, which would have made him the first US vice-president to be called as a witness in a criminal trial. But the defense wound up its case after only three days, without calling either Mr. Cheney or Mr. Libby.


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