Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Fair Game

My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
Valerie Plame Wilson
Simon & Schuster
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-3761-8
ISBN-10: 1-4165-3761-9

Valerie Plame Wilson tells the story of her ❚❚❚❚❚❚ year career as a CIA covert operations officer. Plame became interested in a career at the CIA and applied for a job there right out of college at the University of Pennsylvania in ❚❚❚❚, on the recommendation of her mother who had seen a CIA recruiting announcement in a ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ newspaper.

Plame underwent rigorous training at "the farm," the CIA's not very secret training facility at Camp Peary near ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚, VA. She had her first assignment in ❚❚❚❚❚❚, working under State Department cover to recruit local political and business people as agents, to provide information to the CIA. She returned to the US, attended graduate school and was assigned by the CIA to work as a NOC (no official cover) officer in ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ where she was in danger of exposure and possible prosecution, because she lacked diplomatic immunity.

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Valerie Plame met Ambassador Joe Wilson, during a visit back to Wasington DC when she attended a party at the ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Embassy. Both of them were attending the party as part of their official duties. They continued to see each other and when both moved back to Washington they married. Joe WIlson retired from government service after serving as Senior Director for African Affairs in the Clinton Administration, while Valerie Wilson continued to work on nuclear proliferation issues at the CIA. She was head of the ❚❚❚❚ ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ ❚❚ ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ unit at the time that Vice President ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ office inquired about a report of an Iraqi attempt to purchase raw uranium ore from Niger.

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The book is a bit hard to read in places because of all the redactions. It was hard to publish, too and lawsuits are still going through the appeals process. Fortunately, most of the informateion that is ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ ❚❚❚ is publicly available through other sources and has been included in an afterword, written by Lara Rozen.


  1. I rather like the empty spots in the review sounds good. I am one of those wicked librarians. I have been a librarian all my life, except for a brief stint as a real estate appraiers assistant. Valerie Plume certainly is "Fair Game" after what happened to her.

  2. Simply yet another blunder that we Americans can all shoot ourselves in the foot over.

    How Bush tricked so many, many people into ever becoming President is beyond me.

    But, I for one will be glad when his reign over our country is over.

    I onlypray that the next 100 presidents can undo the damage he has caused.

    Thanks for the report on the book. I followed the story on the news. I don't see from what you say that I will learn much more by reading the book.

    Oh did I mention I am not a fan of our current administration?

    I hope you have a great Sunday,

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