How Libby's Trial Hurt the Press

On the eve of Scooter Libby's sentencing, the damage from a troubling prosecution has already been done — to journalists and the public interest

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Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis Scooter Libby, after the verdict in his case in March 2007.

The sentencing of I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, scheduled for June 5, is the most tangible result of Patrick Fitzgerald's lengthy investigation into who leaked classified information about Valerie Plame's employment by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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The investigation followed allegations that Libby and Karl Rove, responding to criticism of the President and his rationale for waging war with Iraq by Plame's husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson, had compromised her identity as an undercover agent. While the Administration's behavior was tawdry, there was no proof...

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