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Valerie Plame, Nude! [Was today's Slate article inspired by a FR poster?]
Slate ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Timothy Noah

Posted on 07/06/2005 10:19:59 AM PDT by summer

Valerie Plame, Nude!

Well, without sunglasses and a scarf, anyway.


By Timothy Noah, Slate

Posted Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at 7:40 AM PT


Plame reveals herself in the madding media
crowd. [3rd photo down, on right]


Valerie Plame's career in the Central Intelligence Agency was destroyed by whoever leaked her name to Robert Novak, and that is a terrible wrong. If we ever find out who the leaker is, the president must fire him. (Or them.) That said, I'm starting to weary of the story line that Plame avoids the media spotlight. "She has guarded her privacy" and "shunned publicity," Scott Shane wrote in the July 5 New York Times. That was true once, but it isn't true now. Shane pointed out a glaring exception late in 2003, when Plame "posed with her husband for a Vanity Fair photographer, wearing sunglasses and with a scarf over her blond hair." On Jan. 5, 2004, her husband, Joe Wilson, was quoted telling Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post that there was no remaining national-security reason to continue hiding Plame's face, since her cover was "completely blown." Then why the scarf and sunglasses? "She had to be clothed as generic blonde in order to deal with the genuine concern that some wacko on the street might easily identify her," Wilson explained. "It was just in the interest of personal security." Wilson repeated the need for this precaution in his memoir, The Politics of Truth:

She had already been described as the beautiful blond that she is, and her cover had long since been blown, so the only concern remaining was whether strangers would be able to use a photo to recognize her in public. With proper precautions taken, I saw no reason to deprive ourselves of the pleasure of being photographed together as the happily married couple that we are.

Fair enough. But on Page 70 of the July 2005 Vanity Fair—the one with Nicole Kidman on the cover and Mark Felt's Deep Throat confession inside—there's a photograph of the happy couple at Vanity Fair's party celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival. No scarf and no sunglasses. Plame, seated, is smiling and leaning into the camera. If you're a wacko on the street, please avert your eyes.


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Valerie Plame, Nude! [Was this Slate article inspired by a FR poster?]

The reason I ask this question is because I am sure a FreeRepublic poster posted this same photo of Valerie Plame on one of my threads this past weekend (and I had never seen it before). And, since we all know everyone in the blogosphere reads FR, it seems to me the FR poster's posting is what inspired this Slate article.

IMO, this is yet another example of how FR posters make news...
1 posted on 07/06/2005 10:19:59 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Pics???


2 posted on 07/06/2005 10:20:27 AM PDT by RockinRight (Democrats - Trying to make an a$$ out of America since 1933)
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To: RockinRight

I already posted the pic, silly. See above article and caption of photo!


3 posted on 07/06/2005 10:22:41 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

4 posted on 07/06/2005 10:22:56 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Yes, that's the OTHER photo mentioned in the article -- but, the photo of her WITHOUT a scarf and sunglasses is what a FR poster posted on the thread this weekend -- and, now, that same photo is in Slate.


5 posted on 07/06/2005 10:24:08 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

That ridiculously glam "I'm such a secret agent" Vanity Fair cover destroyed whatever credibility Wilson had. This clown is all about making a name for himself on the cocktail party circuit.


6 posted on 07/06/2005 10:25:26 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: Callahan

Yeah, but what's interesting to me is that Slate seems to agree with you! :)


7 posted on 07/06/2005 10:26:17 AM PDT by summer
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To: cyncooper; Philly Patriot; mware

FYI.


8 posted on 07/06/2005 10:28:33 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

I hate you Summer for drawing me into a thread that promises nude photos and delivers nothing! I hate you, I hate you! :)

P.S. however, if you ever find nudes of Brittney Spears, please, oh please, start a thread!


9 posted on 07/06/2005 10:28:36 AM PDT by SomebodyWakeUpHicks
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To: summer

The serious liberal bloggers (meaning the ones that aren't complete loons) like Josh Marshall started laying off the Plame nonsense after that VF spread. It became glaringly obvious to everyone but the idiots at the NY Times that Joe Wilson was a seeker of fame first and foremost.


10 posted on 07/06/2005 10:30:04 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: summer; tuffydoodle; Rose of Sharn

Any pics of her breastfeeding?


11 posted on 07/06/2005 10:30:12 AM PDT by SomebodyWakeUpHicks
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To: SomebodyWakeUpHicks

ROTFLMAO...Hey! That was the title of the Slate article! Blame them! The buck stops -- over THERE!


12 posted on 07/06/2005 10:30:24 AM PDT by summer
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To: West Coast Conservative

"Please leave us alone we just want our privacy......as soon as we're done with our photoshoot."


13 posted on 07/06/2005 10:30:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I zot trolls for fun and profit.)
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To: summer

I smell book money.


14 posted on 07/06/2005 10:31:48 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Callahan

It has been very interesting to see the liberal blogs today, like the Huffington Whatever. All weekend she had Lawrence Lassie O'Donnell up front, first, etc., but now that CNN had him on last night, and all he could say was no crime was committed, Huffington took Lassie down a few notches today.


15 posted on 07/06/2005 10:31:54 AM PDT by summer
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To: cripplecreek

LOL...


16 posted on 07/06/2005 10:32:26 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

I posted it yesterday. I got it from NRO's The Corner.

There's another pic floating around of the Wilsons, in addition to the VF pics.


17 posted on 07/06/2005 10:37:44 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: West Coast Conservative

An *ss and his lass.


18 posted on 07/06/2005 10:39:40 AM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Beautiful blonde? I guess if the libbies keep saying it long enough, someone will believe it eventually. She is an attractive woman, but the lamestream media and her husband have been playing her up as some kind of blonde bombshell secret agent ("Jane Blonde!") since this whole stupid story began.


19 posted on 07/06/2005 10:39:40 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: summer
What gets to me are media people pretending that the leaker is not known. Novak knows who leaked to him and the stories all say Novak has fully cooperated with the special prosecutor. >What would be the first Question the Prosecutor asked NOVAK? If you say, "Who leaked it to you?" go to the head of the class.Novak cooperated early on. When the special prosecutor asked he immediately cooperated.

You can also bet that before leaning on Novak and the other reporters the Special Prosecutor deposed every person who could have been the leaker. Question two... What would the first question the prosecutor asked each possible leaker? If you say, "Are you the leaker?" then you are batting 100%.

That means the special prosecutor knows who the leaker was. And most likey has what he needs to indict the leaker for perjury and revealing classified information.

What would the prosecutor then need to make a bullet proof case against the leaker? The testimony of other reporters to whom the leaker leake. Also the notes of those reporters to present as evidence at the trial.

It seems obvious to me that the leaker is going to get indicted and very likely convicted of at least perjury.

If that person were a Bush insider the media would have helped the prosecutor get him faster than you can say ... "The TIMES mission is to nail Republicans." But that is not the case.. the media wants to protect the leaker.

There will likely be two results. The leaker gets a felony conviction, and the reporters get some jail time. And the New York times if it fails to turn over its notes may get a large fine or worse.

The New York Times and Time Magazine have managed to prove that they can not protect leakers. Leakers can get in huge trouble, and the media can not even protect itself.

The Times and Time Magazine were stupid enough to demand a special prosecutor. They expected Bush to appoint someone who would slit his own throat. Instead Bush appointed a special prosecutor that would slit the leakers and the media's throats.

The media thinks of themselves as vicious tigers. They are about to be stomped on by an angry elephant.


20 posted on 07/06/2005 10:42:17 AM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Common Tator

I really doubt "the leaker" of her "name" committed a crime.

I believe there are other avenues surrounding the story being looked at.


21 posted on 07/06/2005 10:45:55 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper

Appears Lawrence O'Donnell has changed his tune as well...

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2005/07/transcriptcnn-newsnight-aaron-brown.html


22 posted on 07/06/2005 10:49:59 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: summer
She had already been described as the beautiful blond that she is

“Beautiful” is really too strong. “Doable” is the word he’s looking for.

23 posted on 07/06/2005 10:50:33 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: summer
Here's one at a luncheon. Notice the stack of his books:


24 posted on 07/06/2005 10:52:22 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: All

From Nathan's Luncheon


They're smiling because they're not wearing any pants..
25 posted on 07/06/2005 10:52:33 AM PDT by LeeHarvey
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To: cyncooper

Beat me to it by 11 seconds... ;-)


26 posted on 07/06/2005 10:53:45 AM PDT by LeeHarvey
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To: LeeHarvey

They're everywhere!

She accompanied him to a Press Club event, too. I guess the reporters were privy to view her secret countenance but not the average joe.

Except for all these Vanity Fair pics and the luncheon and so on and so on and so on.


27 posted on 07/06/2005 10:54:48 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: pissant

I think they are talking to you!


28 posted on 07/06/2005 10:54:54 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I can resist everything except temptation. --Oscar Wilde.)
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To: cyncooper
Thanks for your replies here.

The link in your post #159 on THIS THREAD yesterday is what me really understand this case a lot better.

That's the link to lawyer Victoria Toensing's Washington Post article about the fact there was no crime committed, because she was not covert, since among other factors, she was not living abroad for five years -- and, Victoria Toensing co-wrote the subject federal law in this matter!

i noticed Lawrence lassie O'Donnell quoted her in that article practiclarly word for word last night on CNN. Meanwhile, David Corn and other liberals still have no clue.

I think the real fall-out in this case with respect the blogger point of view, will be the anger the liberal bloggers feel against the journalists who were "protecting" Karl Rove, when Rove had committed no crime -- according to Lawrence O'Donnell NOW -- and had already signed a waiver releasing the reporters from any confidentiality agreement -- which Lawrence O'Donnell STILL hasn't told the bloggers, since doing so would ruin his big "scoop" claim.

This failure of the journalists to get the facts out, when American Prospect already had published facts about Rove a year ago, is what really angered some of the liberal bloggers.

And, I think they are right to be angry at the journalists. It seems to me no journalist was ever threatened with going to jail for protecting Karl Rove!

Also, Victoria Toensing's article you linked to is particularly interesting in light of the fact no one else ever mentioned it recently -- yet, she is the co-author of the subject federal law! Again, only on FR do you get the facts!!
29 posted on 07/06/2005 11:02:36 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

I think NRO's Corner was first with it yesterday.


30 posted on 07/06/2005 11:04:44 AM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: LeeHarvey; cyncooper

Re posts #24 and #25 - Yes! That's the photo I recall seeing on the thread I posted this weekend. So, that was yet ANOTHER photo of her without the scarf and glasses? And Slate dug up a DIFFERENT one? Whoa, this guy and his wife are going to lose public support in a big way with these photos. I am sorry. But, she can't claim a covert status when she doesn't meet the legal requirements AND likes to have her photo taken in the media!!!


31 posted on 07/06/2005 11:05:10 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Blonde? Yes.

Beautiful? No.


32 posted on 07/06/2005 11:05:26 AM PDT by Palladin (America! America! God shed His grace on Thee.)
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To: cyncooper

Re my post #29 - It was also very interesting to me that in the link you posted to Toensing's article, she wrote something like this: If Wilson's trip had been "official" then he would have been required to sign a standard confidentiality form -- and he would NEVER have been able to write about it in a NYT Op-Ed piece.


33 posted on 07/06/2005 11:07:44 AM PDT by summer
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To: cyncooper

Never been able to write about his TRIP, that is.


34 posted on 07/06/2005 11:08:26 AM PDT by summer
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To: LeeHarvey

He looks hammered in that photo. He's drinking all his book profits. I notice they had a glass of water put on the table to make it appear that he's not drinking.


35 posted on 07/06/2005 11:08:35 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Republican Red
Yesterday's (7/5) blog from Byron York at NRO:

VALERIE PLAME, GUARDING HER PRIVACY [Byron York] From an article in today's New York Times about Valerie Plame, the CIA operative at the center of the Plamegate affair and husband of Bush antagonist and former ambassador Joseph Wilson:

Ms. Wilson, 42, whose husband said she has used her married name both at work and in her personal life since their 1998 marriage, declined to speak for this article. She has guarded her privacy, with rare exceptions. She posed with her husband for a Vanity Fair photographer, wearing sunglasses and with a scarf over her blond hair. She drafted an op-ed article to correct what she felt were distortions of her and her husband's actions, but the C.I.A. would not authorize its publication, saying it would ''affect the agency's ability to perform its mission.''

Those were the only two examples given of Plame's rare exceptions to guarding her privacy. Perhaps the Times has not seen the July 2005 issue of Vanity Fair, which contains, in its "Vanities" section, this photograph:



According to Vanity Fair, the photo was taken at the magazine's annual dinner for the Tribeca Film Festival, and Plame's and Wilson's fellow guests included Robert deNiro, Nicole Kidman, Barry Diller, Willem Dafoe, John McEnroe, and many others. Plame's and Wilson's photo appears below a shot of David Bowie and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. The Times also cites friends who say the privacy-protecting Plame and ambassador Wilson "have had a low-key social life." Posted at 11:57 AM

The Corner
36 posted on 07/06/2005 11:08:51 AM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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To: summer
But, she can't claim a covert status when she doesn't meet the legal requirements AND likes to have her photo taken in the media!!!

Check this out (I'll find a link later, if I can), when the 9/11 commission did establish that yes, Valerie Plame wrote a memo from her desk at Langley giving her husband's qualifications for the Niger trip, Joe Wilson came out spinning how this was not proof she recommended him and he had been reluctant to go on the trip anyway because they have two tiny twins and (drumroll) ***Valerie was afraid to be left alone for a couple weeks***.

Some fearless double naught spy, eh?

38 posted on 07/06/2005 11:13:05 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper

Gesh, you know I was VERY sympathetic to her in the beginning, but now -- I think if it's true the Dems demanded this investigation, well, maybe they should first read the subject laws before demanding investigations. What a waste of taxpayer money this has been -- oh, and some journalists made themselves look like idiots. OK. I think we're done here!


39 posted on 07/06/2005 11:16:16 AM PDT by summer
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To: Republican Red

No trying to hide her name or anything in that caption! And, that IS a different photo than the luncheon photo. Good grief!


40 posted on 07/06/2005 11:17:40 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer
You know the rules. You don't post a title like that without a picture.

There, Picasso's "Nude Descending A Staicase" should cover you. :-)

41 posted on 07/06/2005 11:20:34 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.)
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To: Republican Red
According to Vanity Fair, the photo was taken at the magazine's annual dinner for the Tribeca Film Festival, and Plame's and Wilson's fellow guests included Robert deNiro, Nicole Kidman, Barry Diller, Willem Dafoe, John McEnroe, and many others. Plame's and Wilson's photo appears below a shot of David Bowie and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

I'm curious as to what significance a former low level diplomat and his former CIA wife have with a film festival or the entertainment industry in general?

I guess I'm hopeless when it comes to understanding the celebrity culture.

42 posted on 07/06/2005 11:22:03 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: summer; YaYa123

Breaking: Cooper has agreed to testify. I called it this morning on another thread!


43 posted on 07/06/2005 11:28:19 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Ditto

Oh, they were going to be the instruments to bring down the Bush administration, doncha know.

This made them attractive to the libs---maybe screenplays ala "All the President's Men" were already being crafted.

LOL


44 posted on 07/06/2005 11:29:58 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper

I'll say it again: Joe Wilson fancies himself to be James Angleton, but he doesn't have the class OR the breeding.


45 posted on 07/06/2005 11:32:15 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Callahan
The serious liberal bloggers (meaning the ones that aren't complete loons) like Josh Marshall started laying off the Plame nonsense after that VF spread. It became glaringly obvious to everyone but the idiots at the NY Times that Joe Wilson was a seeker of fame first and foremost.

....and is the leaker of his wife's name to the media idiots who would rather go to jail than expose this canard.

46 posted on 07/06/2005 11:32:58 AM PDT by demkicker (A skunk sat on a stump; the stump thunk the skunk stunk; the skunk thunk the stump stunk.)
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To: Ditto

What #42 said, and Bush Derangement Syndrome sufferer extraordinaire and brain-dead fop Graydon Carter was leading the pack. Hence all the attention in the now unreadable Vanity Fair. VF slobbered all over Richard Clarke too, right before the 9-11 Commission outed him as a liar.


47 posted on 07/06/2005 11:42:26 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: West Coast Conservative

What was her job as a CIA agent?
Infiltrating Saks? She looks like
she should be doing "stop/loss" for
Neiman Marcus.


48 posted on 07/06/2005 11:46:13 AM PDT by Sabatier
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To: Sabatier
She looks like she should be doing "stop/loss" for Neiman Marcus.

LOL. Probably a more hazardous assignment than she ever had with the Agency where I'd guess her role was picking up gossip from spouses at Embassy parties.

49 posted on 07/06/2005 11:53:45 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: cyncooper

>>>Breaking: Cooper has agreed to testify. I called it this morning on another thread!

Only because the source said it was ok to reveal...


50 posted on 07/06/2005 11:55:51 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Life's a beach - and Liberals are like the sand that gets in your swimsuit...)
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