Skip to comments.After Fair Game: The Story Valerie Plame Couldn't Tell
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 ...
Like what? Couldn’t tolerate reading about Plame!
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:
You're absolutely right, but damned if they don't keep trying. Gott'a give 'em credit for being persistent.
What was interesting? I’m missing the point.
forget the classified stuff, if the CIA redacted the outright lies in it the book would be a two pager.
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.
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. :-/
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.
I happen to believe that it should have been "exoneration."
Couldn’t read it all tonight but very good!
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?
“I happen to believe that it should have been “exoneration.”
I certainly won’t argue with that.
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.
“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.
That's only tasteless.
Any further comment would be pointless.
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.
So WHY wasn’t this made PUBLIC????
‘I cant, 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’.
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.
It is because the DNC and MSM kept it on life support long after it was dead.
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.
Mother Jones is a leftist paper full of lies.
‘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 shes 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.
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.
Yep. Its been demonstrated conclusively they are both ‘easy liar’s’. that made having them come around on the DC cocktail circuit uncomfortable.
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
‘No he wasnt-They live like billionaires’
Living above your means isn’t anything to brag about.
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
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!".