- Category : 1950-births
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (11,43,62)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Industry 2
American lawyer and political aide, he is perhaps best known for his involvement in the 2003 leakage of t an undercover CIA agent's name to the press. At the time he was Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney. The agent's name was Valerie Plame, and she was the wife of Richard Wilson, former Ambassador to Iraq and critic of the Bush administration's stance and actions on Iraq. The suspicion was the Plame's name was leaked to the press in retaliation for a harsh article Wilson had written disputing Bush claims that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein had been building "weapons of mass destruction."
Libby earned his bachelor degree from Yale and his law degree from Columbia University. He practiced law in Philadelphia but subsequently accepted his former Yale professor's offer of a position in the state department where Libby worked from 1981-1985. That professor was Paul Wolfowitz, another key figure in the George W. Bush administration.
Libby returned to private law practice but once again accepted a position under Wolfowitz at the Pentagon. Libby was then made principal deputy under-secretary of defense for strategy and resources.
Libby is the recipient of the following awards: Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, and Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service.
During the Clinton administration, Libby served as legal advisor for the House Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China.
From 1995 to 2001, he returned to his law practice, this time becoming a managing partner at Dechert, Price and Rhoads. He resigned from the firm when, in 2001, he was named by Vice President Cheney to be chief of staff and national security advisor.
Libby is co-author of the Project for the New American Century which states that "American leadership is good both for America and for the world." He is the author of a 1996 novel as well: "The Apprentice."
He and his wife Harriet Grant have two children.
On October 28, 2005 he was indicted on five counts including obstruction of justice for his role in leaking the name of Valerie Plame to the press. While it was found during a grand jury investigation that no criminal act had been committed, Libby was indicted mainly for covering up the facts. He resigned from his White House position immediately.On March 6, 2007 he was convicted of four felony counts of giving false statements to the FBI, twice perjuring himself in front of the Grand Jury and obstruction of justice. On July 2, 2007 President Bush commuted his sentence so that Libby would not have to serve the 2 1/2 years of jail time; Libby paid his $250,000 fine however and must remain on probation for 2 years.