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COTD: One of the world’s most famous spies.

June 22nd, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Fmr. CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is one of the world’s most famous spies.

The glamorous blonde spent most of her career working undercover – until, in 2003, she was outed by columnist Robert Novak in the Washington Post.

The revelation set off a fully-fledged political scandal.

Members of the Bush administration were accused of blowing Plame's cover as retaliation for an op-ed written by her husband, Joe Wilson, in the New York Times. His article disputed claims that Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government was trying to buy material in Niger to make weapons of mass destruction.

The “Plame affair” and subsequent investigation into the source of the leak eventually led to the indictment of US Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. He was convicted on four counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators in March 2007.

To this day, Wilson insists former Vice President Dick Cheney was involved in the disclosure – although Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he had no idea who leaked Plame's identity.

Plame Wilson has published an autobiography about her experiences – Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, and the couple’s story has been made into a major motion picture.

Please post your questions for her below.

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Rick

    How did you get into the spy business, was this something you always wanted to do?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  2. Wolfman

    How and why did you get involved in becoming a spy, and did you go further in this lifestyle than you had originally anticipated?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  3. Precious Otomiewo

    Considering that you had to live with the people you were spying on, what impact did it have on your personal and family life?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  4. Philip

    Obvious question...how does espionage in the modern day compare to what the general public understands of espionage during the earlier part of the 20th century? Also, how does modern espionage compare to the way it is portrayed in movies / television shows?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  5. Kenneth

    were you engaged in very dangerous operations?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  6. martin troy

    is this a recent pic of you? U look cute!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  7. Marina

    Does she believe anything positive came of the "outing" experience now that a few years have passed? I'm from Boston.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  8. Alex

    I want to be a spy,and i want to change my identity.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  9. Avantika Krishna

    Hello Ms. Plame,

    At the time of your outing as covert operations officer, you had several delicate operations still underway, notably the one that involved the physicists/scientists and the information they could provide regarding information about the building of nuclear weapons in Iraq. I was wondering what happened to them once you were forced to leave the agency because in the movie they the physicist and his family were last seen waiting on their doorsteps and others were killed?

    Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for this country!

    June 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  10. Joel Krose

    If its any consolation, the people who revealed your identity did not betray you, they betrayed the United States. I read your book and liked it. I did suggest that Iraq war would change the balance of the region and it did. Today Iran and Iraq have diplomatic relationship that would have been impossible under Saddam Hussein. Shame on the people that play politics and in the process compromise values, ethics and trust. You and your family can be proud of the service that was rendered during your professional career. You are not first victim of dirty politics and you certainly won't be the last, if you know what I mean! Being a international business consultant, I take a keen interest in global events and from time to time make information predictions similar to my effort to stop the Iraq war! My business details and contact information can be found on http://www.joelkrose.net.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  11. K Anamanya

    How did you relate with your husband as a spy?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  12. John

    Are professional spies patriots or rather people who care more about money?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  13. Sergei Blair

    Valerie, during the entire revelation scandal, did you and Joe ever worried not only for your own safety but that of your children? I would imagine that must have been your primary concern.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  14. Joshua C.

    Did you ever expect the political backlash and scandal throughout your career?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  15. Keira

    I'd like to know, what was her most dangerous/difficult assignment? Also, what is the biggest obstacle for women who work undercover?



    June 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply

    do you feel betrayed by the same people you worked for, and if you are called again to do the same job all over again will you take it up.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  17. IrENe

    Did u enjoy it n hw did ur family handle it

    June 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  18. Eric

    How would you react if your children wanted to join the CIA? Also, did you ever encounter Anna Chapman?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  19. Bill Lettelleir

    Ms Plame...

    I seriously doubt your ability as a "real" intelligence officer. You are faintly attractive and your husband is a crybaby, the media has blown you two into undeserved "fame"

    June 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  20. Shawn

    How much of the "dirty work" we are led to believe spies participate is based on reality. How isolated would situations like this be from normal operations?

    What do you miss the most about your former career?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  21. Ivie Osarenren

    Hey people!trust u guys r gud!u may not b able to pronouce my name but what I want to know is What can I do to become a SPY?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  22. gff

    which spy movie / tv do you consider closely resemble to the life of a spy?

    June 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  23. calypso

    Hi, based on your experience,will you advise a young teenage girl to dream of becoming a spy? Is it worth the risk (considering separation from family, etc)?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  24. Mike

    How were you able to separate your personal life from your business life and how were you able to make alibi's and background checks stick.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  25. Kashan

    What sort of training you have to go through? and how is your life different now as compared to the one you had during previously?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  26. Sakada, Phnom penh, Cambodia

    I watched 'fair game' n from the above article it is likely there is politically related in CIA and FBI intelligent service. The operation of spy like her only be operated and is secretly classified and only high profile officials may have access. If the her identity is leaked, her security will be at risk. However, i doubts if FBI and CIA have no capacity to find out who leaked the classified info??? Or they just think that those who leaks the info are/is the person too important to be disclosed???

    June 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  27. Femi Adefemiwa

    Did you ever have ops in countries where if you have been caught you would have been hanged? Were you ever approached to work as a double agent? Femi Adefemiwa, Lagos Nigeria

    June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  28. Alyssa

    Even though you obviously loved your work at the CIA and accepted the secrecy that went with it, is it somewhat of a relief to be able to talk about it now?

    June 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Reply

    2 Questions:
    were you recruited/approached to be a CIA operative or seek out this career?

    On a different note, did you ever have operations that coordinated with some of the US Army's Special Operations Forces?

    thank you,

    SOF personnel

    June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  30. Patrick Wooldridge

    Given your exceptionally broad range of experience, what would you say is most useful for the American public to understand about the Intelligence community and operations? How can ordinary Americans best support the effective (and ethical) function of our Intelligence services?

    Thank you for your service and integrity.

    June 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  31. Massi


    Your story was an incredible one. My question to you is this:

    Was your exposure 'worth' the results they yielded and why?

    June 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  32. Tommy B

    Was Peter Wright right about the high level Soviet penetration of MI-5 in the 1970's and Sir Roger Hollis being the mole?

    June 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  33. dalene

    Did do special training and what do you need to become a spy personality ways?

    June 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  34. d

    Why is no US 'news' outlet talking about the flood of Nebraska that almost took out the nuclear plant and caused a Fukishima event? youtube search for 'We almost lost nebraska'

    June 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  35. samaadda hall

    Being so well known as a world famous spy, my question is does it take time to ajust back to a normal life ?

    June 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  36. Balazs Erdei

    Have you seen the movie about your and your husband's life and the political scandal following your outing? If yes, did you like it?

    June 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  37. Cee

    In the course of your work operations, did you encounter or work with many others in your field and did you know at the time who they were? Did anyone ever know who you were? ..when they weren't supposed to? How did you handle that? I'd also like to know if you'd always dreamed of this career, and how you got into it.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  38. Anonymous

    How much is the CIA paying you to do this charade?
    A real CIA agent would never get caught. Just Sayin..

    June 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  39. luv2break

    but where are the answers for the questions asked by the people who came before me?....

    June 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  40. Bellatrix

    Do the ends (obtaining sensitive information) justify the means (lying and being deceitful)?

    June 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  41. Glenn A. Scheuerman

    was never a fan of the Bush jr administartion. read the book, saw the movie, wow i am so grateful you 2 had the you know whats to tell it like it was! Do you make any public appearences, would love to meet you and your husband.?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  42. Small Rhino

    Very nice movie. 3 Questions:
    1. How do you mitigate risks of black-on-black and green-on-black scenarios?
    2. How do you maintain (as needed) interface with HOER (without shortening lifespan)?
    3. What might you advise for controlling gatekeepers?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  43. Volntyr

    Percentage wise, how correct are the writers of BURN NOTICE when it comes to the information that "Michael Weston" gives the audience in his "When you're a spy..." dialogue?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  44. Mark H

    Have you read "The Human Factor" By Ismael Jones? If you have, what are your thoughts on it?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  45. Shaji

    Is the job like how they portray it in the spy thrillers or is it largely administrative and routine?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:23 am | Reply
  46. toto_onayn

    do you still trust people around you?do spies fell paranoid under pressure?

    June 23, 2011 at 4:21 am | Reply
  47. suresh keith m dharan

    simple questions:
    1. how much does a spy make?
    2. which weighs in more with you – the 'official' responsibility or the 'emotive' adrenaline rush of the job?
    3.would you do it all over again knowing what you know now?

    Suresh Keith

    June 23, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
  48. Charles

    How much work did you do with the military and were you ever in the military ?


    June 23, 2011 at 7:47 am | Reply
  49. Will

    Has feeling betrayed by our government diminished your patriotism or pride in having served in the name of America?

    June 23, 2011 at 7:53 am | Reply
  50. Newsline


    The above CNN link says Richard Armitage admitted to revealing Plame's identity. How would she comment on that?

    June 23, 2011 at 8:13 am | Reply
  51. Peter Opondo

    What is the remedy for a victim of a government psyops on an individual?

    June 23, 2011 at 8:21 am | Reply
  52. LWR

    Having worked for a non-mainstream organisation like yourself in the past, I am fascinated by your courage!
    1. Considering Lewis "Scooter" Libby’s conviction was an absolute and subsequent pardon by his friend W.Bush, how did you first take the news when you first heard he was going to be released ?

    2. What would you say to Libby if you ever meet him face to face?

    3. Are you still in touch with the family (the informants) in Iraq whose cover got blown-out at the same time of your inquiry? What would say to them?

    June 23, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
  53. LWR

    Having worked for a non-mainstream organisation like yourself in the past, I am fascinated by your courage!
    1. Considering Lewis "Scooter" Libby’s conviction was an absolute and subsequent pardon by his friend W.Bush, how did you first take the news when you first heard he was going to be released ?

    2. What would you say to Scooter if you ever meet him face to face?

    3. Are you still in touch with the family (the informants) in Iraq whose cover got blown-out at the same time of your inquiry? What would you say to them?

    June 23, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
  54. Alejandro Bocanegra

    Around the world I think there is this perception that women seem to be more responsible in positions of power. Many women, like Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel, to cite two examples, have given a more human, caring, and perhaps effective face to these positions. From your point of view, if a woman were to be chosen to run macho institutions such as the CIA and the FBI, how do you think would these two institutions would change?What could a woman bring? What would be the focus?

    June 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  55. Matthew

    Due to nondisclosure agreements, I know the DoD has to approve anything you may write. Have you had any issues/experience with this process, and if so, how long does it take?

    June 23, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  56. Joove

    Dear Plame! How do you balance your scorecard as a former spy more so considering the fact that you were betrayed by people you thought you dearly worked for hence expected to protect and defend you in any eventuality?

    June 23, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
  57. S.A.Alagarsamy

    you appear so gentle ..i doubt how you were suited thisspy work...anyway my greetings

    June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
  58. jonathan

    Did you and Joe ever have an argument that started with something like "why didnt you say anything nice about my new hairstyle?" and drifted to something like "Oh yeah? well YOU also nearly got ME imprisoned under the patriot act!"

    June 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
  59. Patrick Wooldridge

    Anonymous: She wasn't caught; she was burned.

    Small Rhino: What?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  60. Not dumb

    Does anyone here REALLY THINK that this woman will respond to these comments?!?!?!?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  61. Sayan Majumdar

    Valerie, are you capable of “cheating” polygraph (lie detector) instruments?


    June 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  62. Thomas

    What would have happened to your next door neighbor if they had outed you?

    June 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  63. silvius

    You're hot!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  64. Damian Thomas

    What is the role of a beautiful blonde in the spy business?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  65. Nathan Hale

    If you could change anything about what you did/didn't do–with regard to the information you knew about Iraq to be accurate or inaccurate as obtained during your operations–what would it be?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  66. Cheery

    1. do you feel safe by being a spy or ever afraid to get blackmail which would threaten to your career, your country, and your beloved people?
    2. What factors brought you chose this spy career?
    3. Have you ever involved in fight, etc?

    June 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  67. eddy jacobsen

    How much do you know about me?


    June 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  68. Vince

    My name is vince. Couple questions here,
    What do you expect to be happend after the reveal of your news? Are you afraid?
    What is the method or protocol you and your boss exchange the messages or command?

    June 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Reply

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