After a lengthy investigation, one member of the Bush administration, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was brought to trial and convicted of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements.
February 2002 – Joseph Wilson, a former US diplomat, travels to Niger for the CIA. In March, Wilson tells the CIA he doubts Iraq tried to purchase uranium from Niger.January 28, 2003 – In his State of the Union speech, President Bush says, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”June 12, 2003 – According to the New York Times, a conversation takes place between Vice President Dick Cheney and Libby, his chief of staff, about the covert identity of Plame, Wilson’s wife.
June 23, 2003 – Libby reveals to Judith Miller of the New York Times that Wilson’s wife may have worked for the CIA, according to 2007 testimony by Miller.
July 6, 2003 – Wilson’s editorial piece appears in the New York Times: “What I Didn’t Find in Africa.”
July 11, 2003 – Karl Rove, President Bush’s top political adviser, tells Time reporter Matthew Cooper that Wilson’s wife “apparently works at the CIA on WMD issues,” according to an e-mail Cooper sent to his editor.
July 13, 2003 – Cooper’s “A Question of Trust” is posted on Time magazine’s website. The article about President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech includes named sources: Libby, Wilson, Plame’s superior Alan Foley and former State Department proliferation expert Greg Thielmann.
July 14, 2003 – Robert Novak’s Chicago Sun-Times column names Plame as a CIA operative. He lists two senior administration officials as sources. (At the time, Novak also works at CNN.)
September 2003 – The Justice Department launches a full criminal investigation into the leak, an aggravated felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
September 29, 2003 – Rove denies any knowledge of the leaked name when asked by an ABC reporter.
September 30, 2003 – Bush says, “If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of.”
February 15, 2005 – A federal appeals court in Washington rules that Miller and Cooper may have witnessed a federal crime, disclosure by government officials of a CIA officer’s identity, and will have to cooperate with the grand juries investigating the crime.
June 30, 2005 – Norman Pearlstine, Time’s editor-in-chief, agrees to provide documents concerning the confidential sources of Cooper to a grand jury.
July 6, 2005 – Miller goes to jail to protect the identity of the person who leaked the identity of the CIA operative to her, despite never having written a story using the information.
September 19, 2005 – Miller is released from jail following a phone call fromLibby freeing her from the pledge of confidentiality.
October 28, 2005 – Libby is indicted on one count of obstruction of justice and two counts each of perjury and making false statements. He resigns his position…