Biographical information on Libby

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.

Age: 55

Title: Resigned today as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff and assistant to the vice president for national security affairs.

Education: Yale University, 1972; Columbia University Law School, 1975.

Previous jobs: Member of the policy planning staff in the office of the Secretary of State, 1981; director of special projects in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 1982 to 1985; principal deputy under secretary of defense for strategy and resources and deputy under secretary of defense for policy under President George H.W. Bush; Served during the Clinton administration as managing partner of the Washington office of the international law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads; author of a novel, The Apprentice, published in 1996.

History: Regarded as intensely secretive and protective of his boss, Libby was the vice president's most powerful aide and one of the handful of architects of the Bush administration's war-time policy and strategy. In the summer of 2003, he discussed with three journalists a trip to Niger by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was sent to investigate evidence that Iraq was seeking material for nuclear weapons and found the evidence lacking. Libby denies disclosing that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was an undercover CIA operative. Today's indictments essentially charge Libby with lying to FBI agents and a grand jury about those conversations to protect Cheney.

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