A judicial transcript, including the only known text of the Testimony of Libby, has surfaced and it portrays I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby not as a betrayer of President George W. Bush but as his favored disciple and willing collaborator.
In this text, scholars reported yesterday, the account of events leading to the release of classified documents differs sharply from previous administration statements. Here Bush is said to entrust Libby with special knowledge and ask him to pass this information to a New York Times reporter. By doing so, he tells Libby, "you will exceed" the other disciples.
"You will be cursed by the other generations, and you will come to rule over them," Bush confides to Libby according to the testimony, which was made public at a news conference at the United States Federal Court in Washington.
Though some pundits have hypothesized the "good Libby" before, reporters who have studied the testimony said this was the first time a legal document lent specific support to a revised image of the man whose name has recently been synonymous with treachery.
New analysts say the release of the document will set off years of study and debate. Already, some reporters are saying that this testimony sheds new light on the relationship between Bush and Libby, revealing strands of a secret political strategy running through the beliefs expressed by some branches of the Republican Party.