The Tribune: The Plame Identity

March 7th, 2012

The Tribune
By Lisa Collacott
March 7, 2012




Surely everyone has fantasized about being a spy at some point in their lives. Maybe the last James Bond or Jason Bourne movie you watched on television on a lazy Sunday afternoon had you thinking just how boring your job really is.

However, if you sat in the audience of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver last Monday night and listened to former CIA clandestine operations officer Valerie Plame Wilson speak, you might change your mind. Plame Wilson was speaking to the audience as part of the Unique Lives and Experiences series.

Plame Wilson protected America’s national security and prevented the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction while at the same time keeping her job secret from her closest friends and loved ones except her husband Joe Wilson, a former ambassador. That is until her cover was blown by senior White House officials in the Bush administration.

She started the evening by saying that her story wasn’t about any particular political party but rather a story of power, the abuse of power and the consequences when you speak to that power.

She told the captivated audience that she joined the CIA as a way to serve her country. Plame Wilson began working for the CIA in 1985 until she resigned in 2006, but the CIA will not acknowledge she was a part of the organization until 2002, most likely because her work was classified.

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