(Reuters) - The former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday was sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying and obstructing an investigation related to the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war.
Here are some facts on Lewis “Scooter” Libby:
* Libby, Cheney’s former chief of staff, was convicted in March on four of five counts in the investigation into who blew the cover of CIA analyst Valerie Plame, whose husband was an outspoken Iraq war critic.
* The Libby charges grew out of an investigation of the leak of Plame’s identity in 2003 after her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, accused the administration of manipulating intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to build its case for war.
* No charges have been brought against anyone for the actual leaks to journalists about Plame. Federal law makes it a crime to knowingly reveal the identity of a covert agent.
* Libby faced a maximum of 25 years in prison.
* Known as “Vice President Dick Cheney’s Dick Cheney,” Libby was a quiet force in building the Bush administration’s case for the Iraq invasion.
* Libby also served in the administration of President Bush’s father as deputy under secretary of defence and was at the State Department during the Reagan administration.
* He was educated at Yale University, Bush’s alma mater, and Columbia University law school.