Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Plame Is Set to Leave the CIA
The Los Angeles Times

Washington - Valerie Plame, the diplomat's wife whose secret resume was exposed in a newspaper column that eventually led to the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, is leaving the CIA on Friday, people familiar with her plans said.

Plame, 42, worked undercover for the CIA tracking weapons proliferation but saw her clandestine career imperiled after she was identified as an agency operative in the summer of 2003 in a syndicated column by Robert Novak.

Friends said the mother of 5-year-old twins wanted to spend more time with her family, and that although she agreed to be photographed last year with her husband for an article about the case in Vanity Fair magazine, she had no plans to speak out.

There has also been speculation that she would file a civil lawsuit against the Bush administration contending that it leaked her identity and damaged her career.

"She did not have a career left," said Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA officer and a friend of Plame since the two were in the same agency training class in the 1980s. "She was no longer able to work as a clandestine officer, which was her reason for being."

Johnson said that although Plame still had allies at the agency, her ability to function effectively was irreparably harmed after her status became publicly known.

"She is either a non-entity or radioactive," Johnson said. "Getting connected with her is not something that is going to enhance your career. She has been something of a leper."

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Ahem. Is that a lawsuit I smell?

I hope Plame uses the best plaintiff's attorney she can find to sue those responsible for ruining her career.

As I've said before, it takes some pretty chickenshit men to go after a man's wife to exact revenge. Not even Richard Nixon stooped that low.

In this no-holds-barred political cage match, here's hoping she wins such a large settlement, Plame's great-great grandchildren benefit from the proceeds of a lawsuit aimed at BushCo. God knows they have the money.

4 comments:

CLD said...

She sounds like a an interesting person. I hope she eventually does become more public and speaks out.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I think once she sues the living hell out of BushCo and wins a multi million dollar settlement, she'll have the perfect ending to a best seller.

dusty said...

Joe has been speaking out on a major tour, he was here about a month and a half ago. I hope too that someday she talks..especially when she wins her lawsuit.

Karen Zipdrive said...

She will talk- once she's made ten times what the CIA would have paid her on her best seller.
She's wise to keep us waiting.
I hope she holds nothing back when she skewers these criminals in the White House.
You know things have gotten bad when you root for the CIA over the rest of these bastards.
I'm surprised some of BushCo's crooks haven't found poison darts in their necks.