Libby Sentenced In CIA Leak Case

June 5, 2007

Former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Libby was silent when he arrived at the federal courthouse to hear his sentence for his role in the CIA leak case.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald asked the court to sentence Libby
to up to three years in prison, in part, because he's shown no remorse.

Defense attorneys want the court to go easy on their client because of his lengthy career in public service.

But one big question remain. Will the vice president's former top aide break his silence in the courtroom.

Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing the investigation into 'who' leaked the identity of Valerie Plame to reporters, while she was a covert CIA operative.

That leak happened in 2003 shortly after Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, became an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's intelligence in the run up to the Iraq war.

So far, nobody has been charged with actually leaking Plame's identity to reporters which is a federal crime.

Libby's lawyers are in the process of appealing his conviction.

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