I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby quietly rose to the highest corridors of power in Washington only to be brought down in a scandal that thrust him into the limelight that he so explicitly avoided.

Libby’s behind-the-scenes involvement in the public exposure of a covert CIA agent led to his indictment Friday on obstruction, false statement and perjury charges, depriving Vice President Dick Cheney of his closest adviser.