Fair Game How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government

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ISBN-13: 9781416537625
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Description: On July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq, former ambassador Joseph Wilson's now historic op-ed, "What I Didn't Find in Africa," appeared inThe New York Times. A week later, conservative pundit Robert Novak revealed in his  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

On July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq, former ambassador Joseph Wilson's now historic op-ed, "What I Didn't Find in Africa," appeared inThe New York Times. A week later, conservative pundit Robert Novak revealed in his newspaper column that Ambassador Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a CIA operative. The public disclosure of that secret information spurred a federal investigation and led to the trial and conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, and the Wilsons' civil suit against top officials of the Bush administration. Much has been written about the "Valerie Plame" story, but Valerie herself has been silent, until now. Some of what has been reported about her has been frighteningly accurate, serving as a pungent reminder to the Wilsons that their lives are no longer private. And some has been completely false -- distorted characterizations of Valerie and her husband and their shared integrity. Valerie Wilson retired from the CIA in January 2006, and now, not only as a citizen but as a wife and mother, the daughter of an Air Force colonel, and the sister of a U.S. marine, she sets the record straight, providing an extraordinary account of her training and experiences, and answers many questions that have been asked about her covert status, her responsibilities, and her life. As readers will see, the CIA still deems much of the detail of Valerie's story to be classified. As a service to readers, an afterword by national security reporter Laura Rozen provides a context for Valerie's own story. Fair Gameis the historic and unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power.

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson was born in Anchorage, Alaska on April 19, 1963. She received a B.A. in advertising from Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and two Master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She worked as a classified covert intelligence agent for the CIA for over twenty years. She married former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV in 1998 and had twins in 2000. She was chosen to be the Director of Operations for the Joint Task Force on Iraq and it was her job to mount the operations that would discover if there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. On July 14, 2003, her covert identity was exposed and ended her career. Her experiences before and after the outing are recounted in her autobiography Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, in which the CIA redacted about 10% of the book.

Publisher's Note
Introduction
Joining the CIA
Tour
Love and the Island of Misfit Toys
Motherhood
Mother and Part-Time Spy
Trip to Niger
Shock and Awe
Exposed
The Only Washington Scandal Without Sex
The Year from Hell
Stay and Fight
Indictment
Life after the Agency
Alice in Wonderland
The Libby Trial and Farewell to Washington
Epilogue
Afterword
Appendix
Acknowledgments

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