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Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government Paperback – Bargain Price, June 10, 2008
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"Among the risks faced by men and women who volunteer to serve in our intelligence services are those which derive from American politics. This story shows us how strong the desire to serve can be and how treacherous the risks are in the minefields of Washington. Valerie Wilson volunteered at the height of the cold war. She expected to be betrayed by our enemies, not us." -- Bob Kerrey, Former U.S. Senator and Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
"Plame spent a courageous and honorable career on the front lines of terrorism only to come home and meet the ultimate betrayal, her own country -- unethical politicians and unscrupulous journalists. Plame's story is a modern odyssey, a cautionary tale that should make Americans think twice before sacrificing their patriots." -- Lobert Baer, Former CIA Case Officer and the author of See No Evil and Sleeping With The Devil
"Plame had a front-row seat on both the politicization of pre-war intelligence and White House efforts to stem post-invasion criticism....[She] can be viewed as a canary in the proverbial coal mine, and her book reads like a grim testament to the noxious atmosphere of our current politics." -- The Boston Globe
"Fair Game -- which takes its title from Karl Rove's phrase about the legitimacy of blowing Ms. Wilson's professional camouflage -- describes how intense stress wrought havoc on the Wilsons' marriage, not to mention Ms. Wilson's state of mind....[And] she powerfully evokes the disbelief, fury and uncharacteristic terror that came with being outed. " -- The New York Times
"...Plame's own account of her life reveals her as a patriotic true believer in the CIA and its mission. " -- Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Valerie Plame Wilson, the former CIA covert operations officer, was born on Elmendorf Air Force base in Anchorage, Alaska in 1963. She holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Her career in the CIA included extensive work in counterproliferation operations, working to ensure that enemies of the United States could not threaten America with weapons of mass destruction. She and her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, are the parents of seven-year-old twins. Ms. Wilson and her family live in New Mexico.
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I'm happy she had her day in court and applaud her patriotic service to our country ! It certainly does make one think about the trust we put in our "politicians", since they are only human as well, and subject to immoral, questionable judgments, and play the blame game so often !!
This of course was not her fault. This was the fault of the Bush White House, which engaged in a childish, mean-spirited, pretty and illegal campaign to keep Valerie Plame from ever getting her book published. That's not why I reduced my rating from five stars down to four.
What ended up driving down the book's rating was the dispassionate way that she tells her story. It reads very much like an official government report. It has the same "Just the Facts" style that Sgt Joe Friday made famous on that "Dragnet" TV show.
Of course with twenty-one years of writing government reports for the CIA, I imagine Valerie's writing style would be strongly influenced by the government bureaucracy, however after having her cover blown, her family's name dragged through the mud, her privacy violated, her ability to do her job crippled, her husband's clients driven away and her ability to write this book sabotaged I would have expected some passion and some anger to be on these pages. I know that if it was ME and MY FAMILY that had been attacked in this way I'D be furious and you would have seen some anger and righteous indignation jumping off the pages of MY book!
Chapter eleven is an excellent example of what I'm talking about.
In chapter eleven Valerie talks about the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and how Senator Pat Roberts (Chairman of the SSCI at the time) and his Republican buddies distorted her testimony, omitted important facts, drew insane and illogical conclusions and basically did everything they could to NOT get to the truth and to NOT provide oversight! Indeed Senator Roberts acted as an accomplice for people like Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, George W. Bush and others who were involved in leaking classified information about a CIA officer and hurting America's national security.
However Valerie has no words of anger or recrimination or judgment for Pat Roberts. She merely gives us "just the facts" about what she can prove about his failure to do his job and she does it in the most calm and dispassionate language possible.
If it were MY book I would have been throwing out words like "traitor" and "fraud" and I'd be questioning how a man that was obviously not interested in providing oversight for America's intelligence agencies got to be chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
I'd also want to know WHY the people of Kansas voted to re-elect such an obviously dishonest man back in 2008! What were the voters thinking? Rather than do his JOB and investigate a breach of America's national security, this fraud went on CNN and publicly claimed that he doubted Valerie Plame was ever a covert agent! He stalled investigations into manipulation of pre-war intelligence until AFTER Bush was reelected in 2004 and THEN claimed there was NOT ENOUGH TIME for his committee to do an actual investigation! If it was ME writing this book I would have referred to Pat Roberts Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as the "Senate Cover-up Committee", because that's what Pat Roberts turned it into.
I'd also have a few sharp words for Fox "news" channel, the Wall Street Journal and other aspects of the corporate controlled media that gleefully assisted the Bush White House in the propaganda campaign that defamed Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson. After twenty-one years of loyal service Valerie Plame Wilson was betrayed by her own government and Fox "news" channel and the Wall Street Journal were willing accomplices! I'd have devoted an entire chapter to trashing them for their mean-spirited lies and their willingness to deceive the American people.
Nevertheless this book is filled with facts (Joe Friday style) and even has copies of documents (such as a transcript of the Congressional record from January 16, 2007 as well as written communications to and from the CIA) to back those facts up. This is probably the most honest book out on the market documenting what happened to Valerie Plame Wilson. You should buy it.