Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Scooter Libby, Guilty

So the jury has found Scooter Libby guilty: but not of the original leak, of perjury in trying to cover it up.

No one is likely to face criminal charges for actually leaking CIA secrets even after a U.S. jury found a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney guilty of lying and obstructing a probe into the affair.

Just after the conviction on Tuesday of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told reporters the leak investigation was over and would not extend to other administration officials.

"I would not expect to see any further charges filed," he said.


Libby faces a maximum 25 years in prison for obstructing the Plame leak probe, perjury before a grand jury and making false statements to the FBI.

No charges were brought for actually leaking Plame's name. Federal law makes it a crime to knowingly reveal the identity of a covert agent. Some suggested Libby was merely a scapegoat for higher-ups.

Well, that's what got both Jonathan Aitken and Jeffrey Archer. One does wonder whether that'll be what gets Ruth Turner and Lord Levy.

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