`Instant' Book Coming on Libby Trial

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 6, 2007; 3:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Talk about an "instant" book. Within two hours of I. Lewis Libby's conviction Tuesday for lying and obstruction of justice, a publisher announced plans for a paperback release about the trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

"Like the published reports from the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group, the CIA leak case warrants a definitive book based upon the Libby trial record," Philip Turner, editorial director of Sterling Publishing's Union Square Press imprint, said in a statement.

"The United States v. I. Lewis Libby," which will include testimony and original reporting, will be edited by investigative journalist Murray Waas of the National Journal, a weekly magazine. The book is scheduled to be released in April as a paperback original, with a first printing of 75,000.

Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity. The verdict culminated a nearly four-year investigation into how CIA official Valerie Plame's name was leaked to reporters in 2003.

The trial revealed how top members of the Bush administration were eager to discredit Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who accused the administration of distorting prewar intelligence on Iraq.

In 2004, when he was editor-in-chief of Carroll & Graf, Philip Turner also published Wilson's "The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity."

(An earlier version of the story said Wilson book was published by Sterling Publishing. )

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