The Week: Valerie Plame: Carrie Mathieson wouldn't make it in CIA

October 29th, 2013

The Week
October 29, 2013

CARRIE MATHISON, the Homeland CIA agent played by Claire Danes, would not make it in the real world, according to Valerie Plame, who was spectacularly outed as a real-life CIA agent ten years ago.

As a blonde, female spy battling a male-dominated organisation, Carrie has been likened to Plame, who made headlines in 2003 when her covert identity was leaked to the Washington Post by high-ranking White House officials. It came days after her husband Joe Wilson, an American ambassador at the time, had accused the White House of manipulating intelligence to make the case for the invasion of Iraq.

Plame found herself at the centre of a scandal that rocked the Bush administration and led to Scooter Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, being given a prison sentence for perjury and obstructing justice.

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