The judge in the federal perjury and obstruction of justice trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has released to the public eight hours of recorded testimony Libby gave to a grand jury in March 2004.
Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is accused of covering up his involvement in the release of undercover CIA employee Valerie Plame’s name to the media.
Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a public critic of the Bush administration’s claims that Iraq had attempted to obtain uranium in Africa. The president included that claim in his January 28, 2003, State of the Union address. But the previous year, Wilson had traveled to Niger to investigate those claims and found that they were unsubstantiated. On July 6, 2003, The New York Times published an op-ed written by Wilson. In it, the former ambassador said that the vice president’s office sent him on the mission; he also accused the administration of “twisting the facts.”