Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Scooter Libby sentenced to prison

White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice and sentenced to 30 months in prison for his efforts in stifling a CIA leak investigation.

More from BBC News:

A US judge has sentenced former key White House official Lewis "Scooter" Libby to 30 months in prison.

Libby was found guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury in March over the investigation into the unmasking of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Libby was the former chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Nobody has ever been charged with the offence of leaking the name of Valerie Plame, whose husband had criticised the war in Iraq.

So Libby takes the fall. Will "Plamegate" ever reach the top of this administration? It looks as though the whole thing might fade out in the dying days of this presidential administration, much like the Iran-Contra scandal of Reagan's second term.

More on this from BBC in the background article, "Trial reveals White House secrets".