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After Fair Game: The Story Valerie Plame Couldn't Tell
Mother Jones ^ | December 15, 2007 | Laura Rozen

Posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:04 PM PST by Lorianne

When former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson got the redacted manuscript of her draft memoir back from the CIA Publications Review Board (PRB) earlier this year, her book publisher realized it had a problem. "We were looking at a manuscript where 20 percent of the author's story was deemed classified by her former employer [even though] much of the information was probably in the public domain," explains an editor at the publishing house, Simon & Schuster. "So the challenge was, if Valerie can't tell her own story because she is bound by her agreement, then how is this story going to be told, inside her own book, given the confines presented by the Agency and her confidentiality agreement?"

The publisher's solution was to hire a reporter to write an 80-page "afterword" for the book (which was published in October under the title Fair Game: My Life As a Spy, My Betrayal By the White House), based on interviews and any information that could be found in the public domain. Which is how, in May, I ended up with a draft of Plame's memoir, with all of the CIA's blacked-out redactions, and about six weeks to learn as much as I could, write and deliver essentially a biography of the famous former spy.

(Excerpt) Read more at motherjones.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: cialeak; motherjones; plame; valerieplame
If you read the entire thing you find some interesting statements near the end of the article.
1 posted on 12/20/2007 8:33:05 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Like what? Couldn’t tolerate reading about Plame!


2 posted on 12/20/2007 8:35:47 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Lorianne

Apparently this story will never die. Every time it rears its ugly head, I will point out Six Reasons the Plame Episode is a Farce:

http://RussP.us/Plame.htm


3 posted on 12/20/2007 8:39:53 PM PST by RussP
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To: RussP
"I will point out Six Reasons the Plame Episode is a Farce:"

You're absolutely right, but damned if they don't keep trying. Gott'a give 'em credit for being persistent.

4 posted on 12/20/2007 8:44:57 PM PST by davisfh
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To: RussP
When Mother Jones is disturbed by the certain elements of the Plame saga, the rest of the world should take notice.
5 posted on 12/20/2007 8:45:17 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Lorianne

What was interesting? I’m missing the point.


6 posted on 12/20/2007 8:47:36 PM PST by Archon of the East (Universal Executive Power of the Law of Nature)
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To: Lorianne

forget the classified stuff, if the CIA redacted the outright lies in it the book would be a two pager.


7 posted on 12/20/2007 8:49:04 PM PST by SCHROLL
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To: Ann Archy
....Why do some documents filed in court in connection with the Libby trial seem to suggest that Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson did more work for the CIA than the two fact finding trips to Niger in 1999 and 2002 widely reported on? Even now, Wilson won't say; Plame has said in interviews that Wilson has made "several" trips for the CIA, suggesting more than two.
8 posted on 12/20/2007 8:54:50 PM PST by digger48
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To: davisfh

Many people believe that Bush’s commutation of Libby’s conviction was somehow wrong. Can you begin to imagine how ignorant someone would have to be to actually believe that? Those people must live in some sort of information vacuum — they probably get their news from the NYT.


9 posted on 12/20/2007 9:05:19 PM PST by RussP
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To: Lorianne
"We were looking at a manuscript where 20 percent of the author's story was deemed classified by her former employer [even though] much of the information was probably in the public domain,"

Anyone who understands something of the rules of classification knows that just because something is in the public domain doesn't mean it isn't also classified. That is not as contradictory as it sounds.

There is a wealth of scientific and technical information in the public domain. Whether it is generated by public Universities, donated (to the public domain) by businesses, released under FOIA requests, the fruit of publicly funded research, etc. Fine, the information is out there. But it is "unofficial" at that point. It really only is classified if it is official that X happend, or that Y program uses the Z algorithm, etc. etc.

Similarly with "softer" non-technical information... It is all just rumor, speculation, and supposition until someone that purportedly would/could/should know makes it "official." Then it is classified. So she is just out of luck, she is not allowed to say, period. She should remember signing something to that effect, under penalty of prosecution, etc. etc. :-/

10 posted on 12/20/2007 9:15:12 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar
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To: Lorianne
[even though] much of the information was probably in the public domain

Yeah, it's called classified information...dumbasses...
11 posted on 12/20/2007 9:19:40 PM PST by Khepri (Sure, we want to go home. The shortest way home is through Damascus and Tehran.)
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To: Lorianne
When Plame retired from the Agency two years after being outed by the White House...

No need to waste time reading after this point. Anyone who doesn't know the basic facts of the case has no business writing about it.

12 posted on 12/20/2007 9:20:21 PM PST by Ben Hecks (Harry Reid - Taking sniveling to a whole new level)
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To: RussP
"Many people believe that Bush’s commutation of Libby’s conviction was somehow wrong. Can you begin to imagine how ignorant someone would have to be to actually believe that? Those people must live in some sort of information vacuum — they probably get their news from the NYT."

I happen to believe that it should have been "exoneration."

13 posted on 12/20/2007 9:21:33 PM PST by davisfh
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To: Lorianne
I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the Plame story had such long legs. Was it not common knowledge in DC that she worked at the CIA? But then the CIA tapes, which would identify really covert agents, need to have a special prosecutor to find out about them and publicize them? Oh, wait, Plame is a partisan Dem and the CIA problem may end up smearing Bush as it occurred during his administration. Does anyone doubt that the agents involved in the tape scandal would be in jeopardy from partisan Dems who can’t keep a secret to save themselves? DC has jumped the shark in that there are partisans who will compromise national security to help their party win back the WH. Sickening.
14 posted on 12/20/2007 9:24:21 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: RussP

Couldn’t read it all tonight but very good!


15 posted on 12/20/2007 9:29:59 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: Lorianne

Plame was outed by her husband, who was tellign everyone in town. Taht’s why Armitage was so surprised when the information seemed to be new to Novak.

Remember General Paul Vallely of Fox tel;ling us that Jope Wilson told him about Mrs. Wilson’s identity in the green room lon before it came out in public?


16 posted on 12/20/2007 9:46:07 PM PST by TBP
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To: davisfh

“I happen to believe that it should have been “exoneration.”

I certainly won’t argue with that.


17 posted on 12/20/2007 10:12:43 PM PST by RussP
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To: RussP

In fact, let me go one further. I think Fitzgerald should be investigated. You can bet that if he had pulled a stunt like that on the Dems, the media would be all over it, demanding an investigation into why a peripheral player in a non-crime was prosecuted (or more accurately, persecuted) for so long.


18 posted on 12/20/2007 10:21:55 PM PST by RussP
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To: Lorianne

“I knew about ... her husband’s later learning from a Senate Intelligence Committee report that she had written an email to her boss recommending him for the Niger trip (though she did not initiate the idea and, as the parent of infant twins, was ambivalent about him going) But I wasn’t allowed to talk about what I was doing.”

Laura Rozen confirms that Plame recommended her husband for the Niger trip, which contradicts Plame’s testimony to the US Senate.


19 posted on 12/20/2007 10:52:31 PM PST by james500
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To: Lorianne
Having read the excerpted post, and only the excerpted post,
I will now throw up a perfectly good dinner and go on with my life.

That's only tasteless.
Any further comment would be pointless.

20 posted on 12/20/2007 11:12:35 PM PST by norton (deep down inside you know that Fred is your second choice - but he's looking better)
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To: Lorianne
If you read the entire thing you find some interesting statements near the end of the article.

You're right - - the last couple of paragraphs had some amusing 'Today Show' gossip fodder. And elsewhere there were some rather overt references to the incestuous relationship between the communist State Department and the worthless CIA. But other than that, Laura Rozen's piece was a waste of time - - she left me with the impression that she believed those Democrat operatives, Plame and Wilson. Obviously, Rozen got too close to her subject.

Or she's just flat stupid.

21 posted on 12/20/2007 11:46:42 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: digger48

So WHY wasn’t this made PUBLIC????


22 posted on 12/21/2007 5:59:15 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: originalbuckeye

‘I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the Plame story had such long legs. Was it not common knowledge in DC that she worked at the CIA? ‘

Yes, it was ‘common knowledge’.


23 posted on 12/21/2007 6:02:23 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Lorianne

The Special Prosecutor thing is a license for personal destruction. How the voters allow such a weapon is a mystery. The Congress with the backing of the media slimes are delighted to play this game. It puts them at arms length from the dirty work.


24 posted on 12/21/2007 6:15:07 AM PST by TUX
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To: originalbuckeye
"I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the Plame story had such long legs."

It is because the DNC and MSM kept it on life support long after it was dead.

Zombie News

25 posted on 12/21/2007 7:02:09 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: Badeye

This woman Plame and her husband Wilson are laughing all the way to the bank. Her ‘outing’ is the best thing that could have happened to them financially. Compare a CIA salary versus the money she’s raked in from all that publicity.

She should send a letter of thanks to Dick Armitage.


26 posted on 12/21/2007 7:11:16 AM PST by DodoDreamer
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To: Lorianne

Mother Jones is a leftist paper full of lies.


27 posted on 12/21/2007 7:13:04 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: DodoDreamer

‘This woman Plame and her husband Wilson are laughing all the way to the bank. Her ‘outing’ is the best thing that could have happened to them financially. Compare a CIA salary versus the money she’s raked in from all that publicity.’

I doubt they are laughing about personal finances today. The book didn’t do that well, and the paid personal appearances, such as they were, have dried up.

Their fifteen minutes are up, and both are unemployable these days. Hell, Joe Wilson was unemployed when this mess started in the first place.


28 posted on 12/21/2007 7:14:51 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Badeye

Serves her right. Somehow, though, I think she must have gotten an advance on the book that paid for their house in New Mexico.

I guess even the Left has dumped the Wilsons now that they’ve outlived their usefulness.


29 posted on 12/21/2007 10:09:04 AM PST by DodoDreamer
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To: DodoDreamer

Yep. Its been demonstrated conclusively they are both ‘easy liar’s’. that made having them come around on the DC cocktail circuit uncomfortable.


30 posted on 12/21/2007 10:31:55 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: Badeye

Quote—”Hell, Joe Wilson was unemployed when this mess started in the first place.”

No he wasn’t-They live like billionaires. He raked in
the dough over the years through his consulting company,
that helped Niger and Cogema(French Co that ran mines
for Niger) sell Uranium to Saddam/Libya nuke program
next door to Niger. That is why the Wilsons and
Cogema and Cia and ex Cia
friends had him over there to cover it up.
And as an afterthought cooked up the outing crap.Ed


31 posted on 12/21/2007 3:02:05 PM PST by hubel458
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To: hubel458

‘No he wasn’t-They live like billionaires’

Living above your means isn’t anything to brag about.


32 posted on 12/26/2007 5:49:25 AM PST by Badeye (The two “no” votes were cast by Ron Paul and leftwing nut Dennis Kucinich.)
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To: Badeye

I don’t think they bragged about their wealth,
they seemed to want people to think they were
poor. But townhouse, second places, entertaining,
fancy cars, and the record of his consulting
company working for Niger and Cogema, reporters have
figured out they were rolling in dough. And some
have figured out that the only thing Cogema and Niger
have in common, for a consulting company to make
deals for is Uranium....Ed


33 posted on 12/29/2007 6:32:38 PM PST by hubel458
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar
All of us probably recall the films made of the survey team in post-war Japan where they went into large manmade caverns and began counting modern jet fighters.

Discover has shown them several times. Pictures have been published in several major periodicals.

The last time I saw a count the Japanese Army had a minimum of 12,000 jet planes ready to go to use against an American invasion of the Home Islands.

Those films, those jet planes, and the number of planes of each type, plus their true range, are ALL still highly classified as far as the US government is concerned.

People with various sorts of security clearances cannot yet discuss this stuff, or even say "Yup, saw the films, pretty planes eh!".

34 posted on 01/01/2008 5:06:30 PM PST by muawiyah
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