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Bush: 'Move On' From Libby Issue


President Bush says he is aware that someone in his administration "perhaps" leaked the name of a CIA agent, but says the issue is over.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, Mr. Bush said he thought the court made a "fair and balanced decision" in the case of former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Libby was convicted in March of lying about who exposed the identity of Valerie Plame, a former undercover CIA operative. Libby is the only person charged in connection with the leak.

At the start of the scandal, Mr. Bush indicated he would "take care of," or possibly fire, anyone who leaked information.

Earlier this month, Mr. Bush commuted Libby's two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, saying he thought it was excessive. Libby paid a fine of $250,000 and will be on probation for two years.

The president said Thursday that the issue has now "run its course" and the administration is "going to move on."

He added that he did not spend a lot of time talking about testimony those in his administration gave in the case.

Plame is married to a former diplomat who openly criticized the Bush administration about its reasons for invading Iraq. The couple said the leaking of Plame's identity was retaliation for the criticism.

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