Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's alter-ego, was slapped with a stunning 30 months in prison today for lying to probers in the CIA White House leakage case. He outed then-CIA operative Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joe Wilson, the onetime Olympic Peninsula carpenter who got his diplomatic-career start in Seattle.
"People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of nations in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem," U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said, noting Libby had a choice of lying or not lying, and picked the wrong one. "It is respectfully my hope," Libby told the judge, "that the court will consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life."
Perhaps the judge did: Libby also got two years probation and was fined $250,000. He was convicted March 6 on four counts in a five-count indictment alleging perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI investigators. He plans to appeal.