You’ve probably heard her name: Valerie Plame — the ex CIA undercover operative notoriously outed by the former VP Dick Cheney’s team as petty retaliation against her husband, Joseph Wilson for a New York Times article “What I Didn’t Find in Africa” he wrote. The Plame affair (also known as the CIA leak scandal and Plamegate) was a political scandal that revolved around journalist Robert Novak’s public identification of Valerie Plame as a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer in 2003.
Valerie Plame just posted a campaign ad for her congressional run in New Mexico as a Democratic Party candidate.
“I am running for Congress because we’re going backwards on national security, health care, and women’s rights … We need to turn our country around.
And, yes, the CIA really does teach us how to drive like this.
And Mr. President, I’ve got a few scores to settle.”
Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA operative. Her assignment was preventing rogue states and terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. You name a hot spot… She lived it.
Then Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff took revenge against her husband and leaked her identity.
His name? Scooter Libby. Guess who pardoned him last year? Donald J. Trump.
CNN Interview (April 19, 2018) with Valerie Plame: Libby pardon isn’t coincidental. Valerie Plame shares her concerns about President Trump’s pardoning of Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Why the Scooter Libby Case—and Trump’s Pardon—Really, Really Matter – Mother Jones
The president is not offended by obstruction of justice. And he wants everyone to know it.
Valerie’s service in CIA was cut short when her own government betrayed her. Plame’s identity was leaked to the press, sparking a federal investigation in 2003. Plame and her husband, then U.S. Ambassador to Gabon Joe Wilson were vocal critics of the Bush’s Iraq war. Their real life story was the subject of the 2010 movie “Fair Game”, which featured Naomi Watts as Plame and Sean Penn as Wilson.