Monday, October 22, 2007

What Valerie Plame Can’t Say

Valerie Plame Wilson will be making the rounds on shows like Larry King Live and Jon Stewart's Daily Show this week to promote her new book: Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.

While the author is not allowed to talk about it, she was with the CIA for "more than 20 years," a fact which the CIA has accidentally confirmed.

There's lots more that Valerie Plame Wilson is not permitted to speak of, but Larry Johnson, formerly of the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, is talking:

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.. . .

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. . .

Read more at No Quarter . . . . more.

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