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Valerie Plame: From Real Life Covert CIA Operative To Writing Fiction

Evening Edition

Aired 10/10/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Valerie Plame, author, former CIA covert operative.

Transcript

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"Blowback" is a novel by former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame.

One thing you don't want if you are an undercover CIA agent is to have your identity revealed, but that's exactly what happened to Valerie Plame.

In 2003, Valerie Plame Wilson became a household name when a member of the Bush Administration knowingly revealed to a reporter Plame's affiliation with the CIA, a federal crime, which led to his conviction.

The leak was believed to be in retaliation for an op-ed piece her husband wrote. The U.S. was just getting into the war with Iraq, and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson criticized the Bush Administration for the move and questioned whether Iraq had materials for making weapons of mass destruction.

In the fast-paced spy novel, "Blowback," Plame uses her lead character to show us what it's like inside the CIA and a realistic view of what it's like to be a women in the CIA. Plame co-authored the novel with Sarah Lovett.

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