Four years and three months after waking up on a Sunday morning and learning that her career as a clandestine intelligence officer was over because of a stupid column by Robert Novak, Valerie Plame Wilson finally gets to meet the public and tell some of her story.

Sunday night she appears on 60 Minutes, and kicks off a book tour that will start Monday morning on the Today Show and include stops at Larry King Live and the Daily Show. Unfortunately, Val cannot be totally forthcoming. I am not talking about revealing sources or methods that would compromise intelligence operations. She is a solid professional and would never entertain such nonsense. But the CIA succeeded in getting a Federal judge to block Val from admitting that she started working with the CIA in September of 1985.

It is as if Rod Serling has returned from the dead with a 21st Century version of the Twilight Zone. The CIA won the initial round in Federal Court and insists Valerie cannot acknowledge working at the CIA prior to February 2002. Because of a pending appeal in her freedom of speech case against the CIA, she cannot say anything about joining the CIA in September of 1985 fresh out of college. She cannot say anything about her initial impression of her Career Trainee classmates–such as Jim Marcinkowski, Brent Cavan, Mike “the Griz” Grimaldi, Precious Flower, and mois. She is proscribed from telling you about wandering the forests of Camp Peary learning land navigation and she certainly will not, at least for now, be able to tell you about being taken hostage and subjected to torture for two days.

Valerie especially cannot tell you about her first tour overseas as a case officer. Ironically, her first boss overseas–Fred Rustmann–has gone on the record and tried early on in this scandal to argue that she was not a NOC (i.e., Non Official Cover officer). But Fred, who was forced out of the CIA and into early retirement because of misdeeds overseas, was not around long enough to learn that after her first tour Val was given the opportunity to become a NOC.

Not only did she get the opportunity. She took full advantage of it and embarked on a career that would change her life in ways she never imagined. She walked away from diplomatic cover and was left naked of the protection normally accorded to diplomats. She had to rely on her wits and tradecraft, and did so successfully for many years, until betrayed by the Bush Administration. But she cannot tell you about that period. At least not now.

Her publisher, Simon and Schuster, came up with a nifty idea to tell the story of the period of service Valerie cannot talk about. They hired Laura Rozen and she interviewed people like me, who served with Valerie. Laura does a great job but it is still a second best solution.

Come Monday you can read for yourself the legal documents surrounding Valerie’s case. They will be posted at

We do know this one key thing with certainty–Valerie was not some low level, desk jockey, secretary taking up space and using oxygen at the CIA. The CIA does not prevent such people from telling their story. Nope. Valerie’s very existence as a CIA operative is deemed by the CIA to be so sensitive a topic that she can say nothing about activities prior to February 2002. But she can admit that in February 2002 she was a senior covert operations officer involved in projects that went to the heart of the President’s highest priority–finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s identity and ability to carry out that mission during a time of war were compromised by Dick Cheney, Sccoter Libby, Ari Fleischer, and Karl Rove. Their actions were both treasonous and cowardly. Yet the person being penalized and compelled to sacrifice her constitutional right of free speech is Valerie Plame Wilson. The good news is that the American people will finally get to meet the classy, smart lady I served with at the CIA. She achieved her aspiration to be good intelligence officer and still found balance in her life to be a good wife and a good mother. She lost her career and her ability to help support her family. As a nation we have been deprived of her service because of the pettiness and stupidity of the Bush Administration. A successful book tour will be small recompense for the loss Val has experienced. But let’s hope its enough to ensure that Val, Joe, and the kids have a happy, long life.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Andrew Yu-Jen Wang

    George W. Bush’s sentence-by-sentence speaking skills are deteriorating. Apparently, this may be due to a mental illness called “presenile dementia.” Bush may or may not be secretly still drinking heavily. Bush lied, and thousands of people died. Bush suffers from narcissism and megalomania. Moreover, Bush has been arrested three times. Bush was arrested for disorderly conduct. Bush was arrested for stealing. Bush was also arrested for a serious crime—driving under the influence of alcohol. There are reasons to believe that Bush suffers from a learning disability. Bush’s learning disability would explain a lot of things. All in all, Bush is a severely mentally ill individual. Bush is not fit to be the president of the United States.

    Bush should be locked up.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA

  • Arminius

    Was Plame one of the geniuses who gave the Iranians bluprint for a nuclear weapon in Operation Merlin? If so, shouldn’t she be charged with treason?

    • chris

      Damn, do you even read what you post?


      jeezuz, examine what you smear when you smear as you smear.

      Your brain should charge your fingers with treason or your heart should charge your brain with treason.

      If you set someone back by giving them fake plans they think would work…
      How to build a nuclear bomb
      First, find nuclear material
      Second, pack it tightly into a shell
      Third, bake at 450 until toasty or until you can stick a fork in it.


  • Arminius

    Hey, does Frankenstein’s monster know you raided his wardrobe? And it’s “moi,” you moron.

    In a July 17 column in the Star Tribune, Johnson attacks the Bush administration for allegedly blowing Plame’s cover and concludes with these words: “At the end of the day, Wilson was right. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It was the Bush administration that pushed that lie, and because of that lie Americans are dying. Shame on those who continue to slander Joe Wilson while giving Bush and his pack of liars a pass. That’s the true outrage.”

    Of course, if the Bush administration lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction (WMD), then every major intelligence agency in the world lied, Arab leaders lied, and the Clinton administration lied for eight years. Clinton’s top expert on Iraq, Kenneth Pollack, had to be a liar since in The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq (2002) Pollack claimed, among other things, that “The German intelligence service, using methods it won’t divulge, estimated in 2001 that Iraq was three to six years from having a nuclear weapon.” Pollack’s book was written with the imprimatur of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). CFR’s board of directors includes at least six Clinton administration officials, including Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke.

    If the Bush administration lied about Iraq having WMD, then there is yet another person who lied. Visitors to Wilson’s own web site can find several columns that he has written over the past few years. On October 13, 2002, Wilson wrote a column entitled “How Saddam Thinks” for the San Jose Mercury News. In this column, Wilson asks, “Can we disarm Saddam this time without risking a chemical attack or a broader regional war that threatens our allies?”

    Risk a chemical attack from a country that posed no threat because it had no WMD?

    Wilson also referred to Iraq’s WMD in a February 6, 2003 column in The Los Angeles Times: “There is now no incentive for Hussein to comply with the inspectors or to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction to defend himself if the United States comes after him. And he will use them; we should be under no illusion about that.” This column was published just nine days after President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, the address in which Bush said, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” However, Wilson made no mention of Niger, uranium, or the president’s address. (Note: The Butler report, “Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction,” which was released in the United Kingdom in July 2004, concluded that “the statement in President Bush’s State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003…was well founded.”)

    • chris

      you are not a rare find these days.

      Why do you guys ignore the testimony in December 1999 where it was stated clearly that 100% of his WMD manufacturing apparatus and up to 95% of his stockpiles were destroyed. Further it was the testimony that the remaining 5% would be decayed.

      He may have still had some basic arsenal for use in a domestic attack, but the WMD that was used to threaten the US by GWBush wasn’t mustard gas, or even nerve gas, it was Nuclear. Don’t gloss that shit over now with petty talk about simple WMD supplies that would only kill those in a few yards radius of an attack.

      And just because the Bush Admin and their well wired cohorts lied over and over doesn’t mean that everyone lied, that’s stupid, sorry. There were countless agencies all but screaming, WE AREN’T GOING TO FIND ANYTHING.

      I’m freakin fed up with hearing, “everyone believed” when I didn’t, and most of the people I was reading and talking with at the time didn’t. Most critical voices were being masked on the MSM, but not overall. Al-Baredei was sure, Scott Ritter was sure.

      The logical outcome of the Bush bullying was Saddam had no out because invasion was inevitable. They were determined to go to war in Iraq, and even Iran back then.

      This has been well documented by the principles in the case, Cheney, Kristol, Wolfowitz, Schmidt, etc. They wanted this war, they got this war.

      And Kenneth Pollack is an idiot, so quoting him doesn’t do much. He now pretends to once being a critic of going to war, which is utter bullshit. He may have been critical of the execution, but so has Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson, so what. They even lie that they didn’t support going to war. My video tapes don’t lie though. His latest little pile of crap with Michael O’Hanlon was shot down the moment it posted. They’ve never been critics of going to war. O’Hanlon ain’t much betta. And it doesn’t matter what administration they were in. The world isn’t just two.

  • Steve Savage

    Its a shame that the CIA can’t accuse those who leak its secrets because they live in the White House. Why can’t our own government police itself? In an ideal world I would see the US Secret Service accompanied by the FBI showing up in Bush’s Oval office, telling him to put his hands behind his back and reading his miranda rights. Instead we have a White House that uses the Justice Department to obstruct justice.
    Maybe we need another Constitutional Convention and do a rewrite?

  • NoOneYouKnow

    If you want to compare the CIA’s misdeeds with smoke-belching buses, let’s face it: there have been a lot of these buses, some of them quite monstrous. I imagine Smedley Butler would have had some choice comparisons to make about the CIA.

  • Jerry Harrington

    Do you have any information about book signings or scheduled appearances for her book tour?

  • Rumple Stiltskin

    Valarie Plame is pretty hot. She’s like a real-life Kim Possible. I’d let her kick my butt any time…

  • Rabbit

    I agree with Dave. The real hero was her husband. Indeed Valerie was grossly abused and the Bush admin should be impeached, charged with treason and eventually executed according to the law. However as Dave says, Iran has not only got every right to develop nuclear weapons but they would be advised to do so considering Israeli and US actions, words and history.

    Nevertheless, I have faith that Iran has NOT sought nuclear weapons before now, instead having lived by the still current FATWA, by Khomenei years ago, which declared Nuclear Weapons to be UN-Muslim.

    I wonder how many of these armchair strategists even realise that if Iran is a radically religious as they want to believe, then they are the most likely to take a Fatwa by the highest religious authority among them, seriously. Iran is subject to a Fatwa now of many years standing in which they forswear neclear weapons.

    There is NO proof that Iran supports any terrorism. They do support Hisb’ Allah and Hamas, but these are only terrorist groups in name. Both groups exist to defend their homeland against incursions by violent, even genocidal foreign powers. The attackers call their victims terrorists, but facts are not altered by misusing words. In this Iran is merely supporting two groups of freedom fighters. Their actions in doing so are no less mature, considered or legitimate than the support given by the USA to various regimes, many of which are without any doubt terrorists and brutal human rights violators.

    Technically speaking if we shall judge without reference to religion or skin colour, then the truest examples of terrorists are the two states, USA and Israel. This is NOT debateable, unless you assign different values to life depending upon nationality or religion.

    If you sincerely believe that 100 Arab lives are worth but ONE American or Israeli life, then things are about equal, neither side is more grotesquely violent and destructive than the other.

    The other extreme is that if you believe instead, as most religions teach, that every life is equally precious, then Israel and the USA are about one hundred times more violent and murderous than their Arab, VICTIMS, and Victims is not an unreasonable word to use in this case either. I tend towards believing that any human life, on balance is of equal worth at least in the eyes of God.

  • Dave

    Valerie Plame is not a hero. She had a good job with ‘The Company’. She lost it because her husband is a hero. He did try to prevent the carnage and war crimes we see committed in Iraq on a daily basis, now for nigh on five years. If Valerie was working to prevent Iran from entering the nuclear club, there is nothing holy in that. Muslim nations need nukes to level the playing field. They have suffered enought under the jackboot of Israeli/American dominance. Joe is a good old boy and we owe him thanks for trying: For fighting for truth. God bless him and his. And, God bless Iran. The demons are skulking outside her door.

    • chris

      Val is a hero for not rolling over and accepting the blow. She stood up and sought to face down Cheney and crew. Probably more than the rest of ya. Do a little research on what a hero is. It doesn’t require a penis to be a hero. Joe was a hero for standing up to these same punks and his face down with Saddam should be legend. Its more than any of these chickenhawks could do. But to say Valerie was just hanging out trying to “prevent iran from entering the nuclear club” is stupid. You don’t know what she did, and yet you quickly claim she’s no hero based on your gnatlevel knowledge of her background? lame.

  • “But the CIA succeeded in getting a Federal judge to block Val from admitting that she started working with the CIA in September of 1985.” We are a nation without laws. The perversion of justice has taken quite a while to entrench in the federal system but it’s there.

    There is a loyal opposition in this country but it’s not found in the form of the Democratic Party. It consists of people like you, Plame, others in and out of government, the 70% of citizens who disapprove of Bush, and a potent minority in the corporate media.

    There’s no reason to tolerate Bush or his enablers one more minute by holding back on who they actually are – criminals supported by those who enable the crimes to continue.

    Thanks to Valeria Plame and the other members of the most loyal opposition.

  • Mr.Murder

    This was a big loss for her career, a bigger loss for America.

    As for the reason why she was pushed to outing, Cheney lied repeatedly and pushed on all fronts. He did so to make certain he could get his war going(“Everything related and unrelated.”) Perhaps the intent was to deduct exactly who or what was providing resistance from outside of our traditional diplomatic channels, because the NSA eavesdropping was going on before 9-11.

    They wanted Iraq and Iran, and knew the best way to do so was to end run procedure and spy on our own.

    Condi, busy at this time, being buggered by Russia and China on a world stage, should have to answer for it.

  • Patriot

    Thank You Valarie,you will be remebered as a real Hero and Patriot.

  • Patriot

    This attack upon a working CIA “NOC” should have led to trials for HIGH TREASON for “some” members of the Executive Branch. How many”assets” were put in danger and most probably killed(and tortured) to cover up a very poor forgery and a monstorous lie.
    Perhaps it’s time for the CIA to “interrogate” some of the Executive Branch and find out EXACTLY what is being done to the World in the name of the American People. The CIA does not need to reveal any State Secrets to the Public after it’s investigation.We will know the outcome when certain Public Servants dissappear.They can even “outsource” the proccess like they did to our neighbor from Canada and countless others.
    Alot of powerful people have alot to answer for.Close to 1 million lives in Iraq alone according to consevative estimates. Besides,I think it would give our leaders a little perspective on how their actions affect the already hard lives of people.
    They don’t even need to resort to the horrifying techniques that Gonzales and his other friends in the De Sade Fan Club have tried to make legal.(Any action short of causing organ failure or death).How compassionate of them.
    Just a few days,cold alone in the dark,unfed,humiliated and not allowed to sleep,with no hope of Daddy or his Buddies bailing them out this time. This spineless bunch would spill their guts if you just TOLD THEM that this was in store for them.They would sellout their own children,just like they have sold out ours as a matter of course.
    I think this would all fall under “Equal Protection Under the Law”. How many Nations can Kissinger visit without being arrested and put on trial for Crimes Against Humanity? Not many!
    From the Supreme Court stopping the Florida recount in the 2000 election,to invading a Nation that was to weak to even feed it’s own children.(Oil for Food was such a compassionate Program) There is alot to explain.Pick an honest Jury of their Peers,and let the chips fall where they may. Like I said,keep your State Secrets and let them dissapear with the other Terrorists into Legal Limbo.They created it,they must agree that it is only fair,it’s the way they wanted it.
    But even I could not condone that,it’s why my Family sailed on the Mayflower,and fought in the Revoultion and worked hard everyday to make the world better for everyone.To free us of self appointed “Emperors” and “Kings”.
    Do a Google search on Sen.DeCamp,Larry King,kidnappings from “BoysTown”,and you will see what some of this “Class” does for entertainment!
    Caligula would fit right in at some of their parties. Didn’t Poppa Bush say something to the effect that”If the American Public knew what we had done they would hang us from the nearest lampost.” Not an exact quote but close enough to ask a few follow up questions I would think.
    It is time for We The People to reclaim ourRights as the FIRST BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT,from which ALL other powers are Granted,accepting ONLY those Specificly Enumerated in the Constitution.
    I think that Ron Paul is the only Candidate that has even read the Constitution,nevermind understanding it’s implications.
    I’ll stop now,when PATRIOTS like Valerie Plame are thrown away like an anoying stone in their shoe it is easy to dicern GOOD from EVIL.

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  • Gypsy

    I just watched 60 minutes. Valerie was incredible. I don’t know how someone could watch her and not see the truth in her words. I hope this will be devastating but I doubt it since there are so many people who will defend Bush and Cheney even in all their lies.

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  • diane

    I’m wondering if there were two reasons the bush administration went after Ms. Plame and revealed her status so she could no longer work.
    One was to get back at Joe Wilson
    Two. to get rid of Valerie Plame. It is not too far fetched to believe that this administration has been after Iran too, as it was with Iraq. If Ms. Plame was compromised,and the work she was doing re: Iran and its nuclear weapons, it has made it easier for this administration to lie about what is really going on in Iran. Maybe she was not a bush”team player” as other CIA workers were in the lead up to Iraq.

    Would it not be interesting if the real reason for this outing was to get her out of the CIA and the excuse was her husband?

  • Mauimom

    Glad to be able to buy her book & support your site at the same time.

    BTW, have you suggested she appear [perhaps during one of your “Ask the Spy Guy” segments] on the Stephanie Miller Show?

    Also looking forward to seeing her on The Daily Show. Don’t know if I can stomach Katie Couric; maybe I’ll TiVo it and ff through Katie’s portions.

    Hope she visits Politics & Prose in DC, and the Diane Rehm Show as well.

  • Robert Thair

    The CIA has been implicated in so many wars and assassinations over the last fifty years that until they come clean and tell the truth about these acts, I can’t believe anyone would accept their criticisms of any administration. After all, they have been in lockstep with so many acts of terror, one has to ask himself, if not for the CIA do we even have a problem with Iran or Iraq? Ask Larry Johnson or Plame to explain why the “jackals” in the CIA were responsible for the assassinations of President Omar Torrijos of Panama and President Jaime Roldas of Ecuador.

    And there is simply no way around the fact – the United States of America allowed Saddam Hussein to be targeted for assassination by the very pro-Iranian Shia party that is responsible for killing hundreds of Americans in terrorist bombings. To accept that Plame was “covert” when she wasn’t attending to her twins and going to PTA meetings, is a huge stretch and one must wonder how it is so many are willing to take up her flag, without an explanation as to why she would want to fight for her position given the mafia like crimes of the organization she works for?

  • flounder

    I just want to know if the anonymous star on the Wall of Honor that falls within the period she was betrayed is related to her betrayal.

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  • Robert Thair

    First off, I think Cheney and Bush are scum that deserve to be tried for treason, convicted and either exiled or executed. I favor the former, providing we don’t have to pay for security. Secondly, I trust no one that works for the CIA or who has ever worked for the CIA. I’m really curious how those here who agree about Bush/Cheney default to supporting the likes of Plame/Wilson and now Larry Johnson? These CIA types have done zero to convince me that they have the interests of the people of the U.S.A. at heart. Tenet and his guys are the ones I blame for the war, as much as Bush and Cheney. If they are so brave, why didn’t they walk when everyone realized what lies were being fabricated to back Bush’s war? Now they expect credit for their bravery? I don’t think so.

    • taters

      Well Mr. Thair, the question now begs to be asked – why are you here?
      Is it to admonish us who support the Wilsons or Larry? (among others) We who obviously are not as enlightened as you are?
      Can you be more explicit on whom you believe expects credit for their bravery?
      I’m also assuming that you are not a 9/11 conspiracist. Am I correct?

      • Robert Thair

        “Why am I here?” Not sure what you mean by “here” but I am on this board looking for answers. Unless this is simply for the believers of whatever is posted here, I would like to hear why it is none of these “heroes” spoke up sooner? I’m not even sure what a “9/11 conspiracist” is, nor am I sure how “brave” these folks are to be publishing books about things they’ve been saying publicly. Furthermore, how is the CIA so lame as to allow one person to publish a set of facts that another person is able to publish? Personally, I don’t trust anyone who was working to put Iran out of business, when Israel is doing worse. Why hasn’t anyone in this group said something about that contradiction? Plame who war apparently working to monitor Iran, yet Israel already has these weapons yet no one wants to mention that little contradiction. This whole damn country is a combination of half-wits willing to believe one side or the other based on the latest book that is being published, even though they admit the books being published are half-truths. Makes no sense to me.

      • Robert Thair

        Let me edit my response below. In haste, I failed to type correctly. BTW, is taters a name or are you anonymous?

        “Why am I here?” Not sure what you mean by “here” but I am on this board looking for answers. Unless this is simply for the believers of whatever is posted here, I would like to hear why it is none of these “heroes” spoke up sooner? I’m not even sure what a “9/11 conspiracist” is, nor am I sure how “brave” these folks are to be publishing books about things they’ve been saying publicly. Furthermore, how is the CIA so lame as to not allow one person to publish a set of facts that another person is able to publish? Personally, I don’t trust anyone who was working to put Iran out of business, when Israel is doing worse. Why hasn’t anyone in this group said something about that contradiction? Plame who was apparently working to monitor Iran, yet Israel already has these nuclear weapons yet no one wants to mention that little contradiction. This whole damn country is a combination of half-wits willing to believe one side or the other based on the latest book that is being published, even though they admit the books being published are half-truths. Makes no sense to me.

        • Oh Robert..
          BTW, is taters a name or are you anonymous?

          if you read this board for more than 2 hours who would know who Taters is..
          jeez once a week we get a know-it-all that comes here and spouts thier version of BS.
          Ok so larry has already put you in your place so no need to pile on here so i won’t.
          Wait..ok i will alittle..
          Larry..come clean about the CIA..
          that has got to be the dumbest statement i have ever heard..are you serious? go away troll..

    • Cee

      You make some good points about the CIA. I’ve been a huge critic.
      You’re missing the point here. Valarie was doing a dangerous job for this government and was exposed to death by the traitors that we all want brought to justice.
      For the record, I hope Iran can defend themselves after what this administration has done to Iraq and in considering our hypocrisy regarding Israel
      We have no right to tell anyone what weapons they can or can’t have.

    • Chris Vosburg

      Robert Thair writes: I trust no one that works for the CIA or who has ever worked for the CIA. I’m really curious how those here who agree about Bush/Cheney default to supporting the likes of Plame/Wilson and now Larry Johnson? These CIA types have done zero to convince me that they have the interests of the people of the U.S.A. at heart.

      Ironically, the clandestine nature of much CIA work is such that when done well and in service to the country, we of necessity will never hear of it.

      It’s when rogue agents, administrations or other bad actors apply a warped set of values to the agency’s services– that’s when whistles are blown and the gory details will out. And in many cases, it’s CIA agents who blow the whistles, and don’t forget that some have done so in the wake of the Bush administration’s perversion of the agency’s purpose.

      So, I suppose you should be forgiven for succumbing to what I used to call the “belching bus” fallacy. It went like this: Most folks would tell you that the average city bus, back in the diesel days, was a smoke belching behemoth, but the reality was that this was rare. But, you see, the smoke-belching buses were the only ones they would notice. Capische?

      I don’t imagine that your misgivings about the agency or its personnel will be allayed by Valerie’s coming round of interviews in concert with the release of her book– including a lengthy one with farm-mate Larry which I especially look forward to– but do a half-wit a favor and listen anyway. It may help you to appreciate that the CIA is not the comic-book all-powerful monolithic evil depicted in some regrettable recent movies, but an organization comprised of human beings, with all the failings and flaws that entails, trying to do the right thing for the common good.

      Well, most of ’em, anyway. Larry, I think, was trying to overthrow Liechtenstein. 🙂

  • And we’ve suspected and now believe that betraying Mrs. Wilson was a two-fer – to trivialize Ambassador Wilson’s report that there was no yellowcake sale to Iraq and also to destroy her efforts to disrupt their plans for war in the Middle East. She may have prevented a planted WMD in Iraq (See! they really DO have nukes!). And, now Iran, too. OMG. What an utter horror this administration is.

  • Cee

    I’m really looking forward to this interview. Maybe I shouldn’t say this but I have an uncle who retired from the agency.
    We suspected where he worked but never knew it until he retired.
    To this day he refuses to say one word about what he did.

    What a sacrifice these people make!

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  • Waiting in Texas

    Can’t wait to see 60 Minutes and for your interview as well Larry.

    so the breaking CBS story via RAW tonight – always what I thought – Cheney knew long ago plans were in the works to attack Iran and that is why Valerie was outed.

    at what point is enough fuc*ing enough!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drewsky

    Joe Wilson, and by way of collateral damage Valerie Plame, were not the first victims of these crooks.

    They had practice. Rich Barlow. The man who knew too much.,,2188777,00.html

    • Cee

      Fascinating and infuriating story. I’m back to thinking about blowback or is this creating the enemies you need later.

  • Delia

    Thanks so much for your involvement in this, Larry, and for maintaining a site where Valerie’s story and other important stories can be told. Everyday it becomes riskier. A lot of us are behind screen names (not that that matters much to the watchers), but you’re certainly out in the open.) Thanks for everything you do.

  • Phil

    1985 – 1986 (esp 2/86). Iran. I can’t think of *any* reason anyone who was leading the CIA back then (e.g. the current Defense Secretary) wouldn’t want people writing or talking about what was going on back then.

    • Cee

      LOLOL! I needed a good laugh. Hmmmmmmmmm…arms for hostages scandal?

  • Larry, thanks to you and your colleagues for telling Valerie Wilson’s story. I realize that just because information is in the public domain doesn’t mean it’s not classified, but even so the court’s decision on this makes no sense whatsoever. This subject has been discussed so thoroughly that you’d have to think that even the most overburdened intelligence agency would have looked into all the things Mrs. Wilson could tell us about her career already. Heck, I remember hearing when she graduated from college, and I could certainly make a guess about when she started with the CIA just based on that.

  • Sandy

    uh…where I come from they call that T R E A S O N….

    • We don’t live there anymore. Not that any of us actually moved or anything …

  • Sandy

    You may….or not….have already seen this:


    Muriel Kane and Dave Edwards
    Published: Saturday October 20, 2007

    CBS News has confirmed, in advance of a 60 Minutes interview with outed CIA agent Valerie Plame to be run this Sunday, that Plame “was involved in operations to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.”

    “Our mission was to make sure that the bad guys, basically, did not get nuclear weapons,” Plame told 60 Minutes. Plame also indicated that her outing in 2003 had caused grave damage to CIA operations, saying, “All the intelligence services in the world were running my name through their databases” to see where she had gone and who she had met with.

    RAW STORY first revealed Plame’s Iran mission and the damage done to CIA operations by her outing in a February 13, 2006 story by Raw investigative editor Larisa Alexandrovna, titled “Outed CIA officer was working on Iran, intelligence sources say.” In that article, Alexandrovna wrote:

    According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson, who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.

    Speaking under strict confidentiality, intelligence officials revealed heretofore unreported elements of Plame’s work. Their accounts suggest that Plame’s outing was more serious than has previously been reported and carries grave implications for U.S. national security and its ability to monitor Iran’s burgeoning nuclear program. …

    Intelligence sources would not identify the specifics of Plame’s work. They did, however, tell RAW STORY that her outing resulted in “severe” damage to her team and significantly hampered the CIA’s ability to monitor nuclear proliferation. …

    Three intelligence officers confirmed that other CIA non-official cover officers were compromised, but did not indicate the number of people operating under non-official cover that were affected or the way in which these individuals were impaired. None of the sources would say whether there were American or foreign casualties as a result of the leak.

    A few months following Alexandrovna’s groundbreaking revelations, MSNBC’s David Shuster reported that he had also been told by his own sources of Plame’s involvement in an Iran operation and the damage done by her outing.

    CBS states further that Plame “was involved in one highly classified mission to deliver fake nuclear weapons blueprints to Tehran. It was called Operation Merlin, and it was first revealed in a book by investigative reporter James Risen.”

    Risen’s book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, was published in October 2006, eight months after Alexandrovna’s initial reporting. Risen discussed Project Merlin in the book but did not mention that Plame had been part of it.

    Reached on Saturday morning, Alexandrovna said she had known of Project Merlin when she wrote her 2006 article but was not allowed to discuss the operation, as per her agreement with sources, just the country involved. “I cannot confirm or deny that Plame was connected with Project Merlin, only that I was aware of it,” Alexandrovna told Raw.

    The following video is from CBS’s Evening News, broadcast on October 19, 2007.

  • Valerie’s friends can say what Valerie can’t, about what has already been made public? It’s an absurd situation for Valerie. But at least she has good friends willing to help.

    Saw a preview of Couric’s interview and Plame said, “There was significant damage.” Her entire operation tracking Iraq’s WMD was shut down. She couldn’t call any of her assets, who’d been exposed by Novak et al, to ask them if they were OK without endangering them further. Although, she said, she wanted to.

    But these criminals, who exposed her, can talk about her without consequences.

  • catherine

    “Her publisher, Simon and Schuster, came up with a nifty idea to tell the story of the period of service Valerie cannot talk about. They hired Laura Rozen and she interviewed people like me, who served with Valerie.”

    This is classic. Whoever had the idea is a genius.
    Thanks for the heads up, I’d probably have missed it.

    And thank you for your blog, Larry. Patriotism in action.

  • alohaleezy

    Larry, again, Val’s champion spokeman. She is lucky to have you as a friend. She and Joe and you continue to amaze me. You all have the courage and the integfrity to keep telling the truth no matter what. Be well, be safe. I am sure you all are “tapped”.

  • oldtree

    thanks, this is always one of the best places to visit.

    did I miss where the questions we asked might have been answered?

  • taters

    I look forward to Sunday. Thanks Larry, you’re a class act and whoever is fortunate enough to call you a friend, has a friend indeed.

  • Buckley

    I meant to say I would buy her book as a show of support and protest.

  • Buckley

    I can understand your/her frustration with some of these limitations, but I don’t think it is such a big deal.
    The American people KNOW she was covert, we KNOW that she was shamelessly outed by the devil’s very own Cheney.
    We also certainly are proud and grateful for her service.
    I think it would be a better book overall, and for history’s sake, for her to talk about what this act of treason has done to her family.
    What could stop an Al-Quaeda nut from filling her full of holes as she goes to the supermarket?
    Who protects her at book signings?
    The government should be shamed into providing her with some protection.
    The Wilson’s are patriots in the truest sense.
    They knew Washington well enough to know there would be reprisals.
    They spoke truth to power in an attempt to save the thousands of lives of young brave Americans.
    I would buy her book to support as my show of support and protest her no matter what it contains.

  • chris

    Thanks Larry, we look forward to Sunday. I caught the CBS preview on the evening news tonight.
    SantaFe looks great.

    Good luck on your interview, it will be one of the most important.

    I now prepare to hold my stomach as the rightwing hate machine fires up to attack our patriot Valerie Plame. I’m getting so sick of the jingoistic dittoheads.

    Now, on with the countdown

  • One really unfortunate part of this scenario is that the 60 Minutes interview was conducted by Katie Couric.

    Could the network have chosen a less credible interviewer? I don’t think so.

  • Sandy

    As the others have said, I appreciate your giving us the heads up about Valerie appearing on 60 Minutes; I look forward to it…even though she can’t say all she should be allowed to. It really IS courageous people like you, and Valerie, and Joe Wilson that we look to in times that seem so hopeless and with administrations so completely corrupt.

    Truth wins out. As was said, thank God for the Internet….and for this and other blogs..where we can feel free…at least for now.

  • I LOVE the internets tubes!

    But the CIA succeeded in getting a Federal judge to block Val from admitting that she started working with the CIA in September of 1985.

    So much for CIA secrecy.

  • Larry – you are a good American and obviously, a loyal friend. Someday, Ms. Wilson will be able to tell the real story. Until then, the nation is fortunate to have brave people such as yourself to speak out on her behalf.

    I was stunned and upset to read the following line from your post:

    She is proscribed from telling you about wandering the forests of Camp Peary learning land navigation and she certainly will not, at least for now, be able to tell you about being taken hostage and subjected to torture for two days.

    In light of everything we know about this administration and its commitment to violating the Geneva Conventions, that one fact will stick out like a sore thumb and keep poking us all in the eye.

    I hope Ms. Wilson comes to Seattle for her book tour because I can promise I’ll be in attendance. I met her husband last year at a fundraiser for Darcy Burner and I value his willingness to speak the truth and confront the administration. That characteristic seems to run in those in her circle.

    • Brenda Stewart

      me too phone, that very statement got me right in the heart of the matter.

      Larry I really wished you could elaborate a little on that one…

      I know you can not tell us much but this has gotten my query up and would certainly love to know of this torture thing

    • john hammond

      Please publish her book schedule!

  • Thanks Larry for telling part of Valerie’s story. You and she are exactly the kind of people I wish were still watching our backs in the intel game. Nevertheless I am grateful, for your vigilance on this blog, and in the media. And for Valerie and Joe never giving in to the bastards. You all represent exactly why I and nearly everyone in my family has served in the military–no one’s gonna hurt you tonight, not on my watch. Thanks.