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Wilson, IV , had criticized the George W. Bush administration 's rationale for the Iraq War. The outing made her the center of the American political scandal known as the Plame affair. Her public outing led to her decision to resign from the CIA in December , when she attempted to retire early at the age of Being told that she could not collect her pension until the age of 56, she determined to write this book both as a means of telling her own story in her own words and as a means of earning income to replace her deferred retirement annuity.

She encountered resistance from the CIA in the course of chronicling her work with the organization. As Janet Maslin writes in her New York Times review on the day of publication, "the story of how her career was derailed and her C. But the real proof of Ms. The phrase "fair game" in the title of Mrs. Wilson's memoir refers to a comment that President George W.

He says, and I quote, ' Wilson 's wife is fair game. After the title of Valerie Plame Wilson's book had already been widely disseminated, on August 19, , on Meet the Press with David Gregory , Gregory asked Rove, who identified himself as an "avid Republican ", [9] among other statements pertaining to the CIA leak grand jury investigation attributed to him, whether he "considered her fair game in this debate" between her husband and The White House over the President's so-called " sixteen words ".

Rove responded that the phrase "fair game" attributed to him by Chris Matthews was Matthews' phrase not his own and that he himself did not consider Mrs. Wilson in Gregory's phrase "an appropropriate target in this debate. They may say that in talking to reporters they used her name without knowing that she was undercover. Matthews was one of over twenty-five journalists subpoenaed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald regarding their conversations with high-level Bush administration officials pertaining to the CIA leak grand jury investigation — , leading to the indictment and prosecution, conviction, and sentencing of Scooter Libby in United States v.

Libby Ultimately, whereas Fitzgerald's grand jury did not indict Rove for committing any alleged crimes, and, in October , it did indict Libby not for allegedly having leaked Mrs.

Wilson's identity but for allegedly having lied in his sworn testimony pertaining to the leak investigation, federal felonies for which a jury convicted and a judge sentenced him, a sentence which was commuted by Presidential proclamation. On July 19, , a district court judge dismissed the Wilsons' civil lawsuit Plame v.

Cheney which charged related offenses by the various government officials. The dismissal was on jurisdictional grounds, that the case belonged in federal court. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal. On April 6, , Matthews stated his own point of view on the CIA leak publicly in some detail in his conversation with Senator John Kerry on Hardball with Chris Matthews , describing as "high drama" Scooter Libby 's testimony that the President of the United States via the Vice President of the United States had "ordered" Libby to leak classified information pertaining to national security in order to bolster the case for the Iraq War after it began in March On June 7, , the day after Lewis Libby 's sentencing, in a conversation with actor and political activist Ben Affleck about other matters, Chris Matthews used the phrase "fair game" several times, initially citing its use in a question submitted for Affleck by a viewer, whose own use of the phrase could reflect Matthews' already well-publicized reported use of it by Wilson, Newsweek , and many other media sources.

Nevertheless, whether or not Rove originated it, the phrase still conveys metaphorically what Matthews and the Wilsons appear to think that Rove literally may have intended: to "target" in Gregory's later terminology Wilson and, collaterally, to leak the information about his wife's CIA identity in the process.

The CIA leak grand jury investigation did not result in charging that anyone leaked her name intentionally while knowing that it was a classified covert identity, in part, Special Counsel Fitzgerald later argued in United States v. Libby , because of Libby's obstruction of justice. The jury convicted Libby on four of the five counts in the indictment: one count of obstruction of justice ; two counts of perjury ; and one count of making false statements to federal investigators , he was sentenced on June 5, , and President Bush commuted his month prison sentence on July 2, On July 3, , the day after President Bush commuted Libby's sentence, Chris Matthews talked again with former Ambassador Wilson , who reiterated his belief that the Bush administration had inappropriately leaked his wife's then-classified covert CIA identity to retaliate against him politically, in effect targeting her.

Matthews asked Wilson: "When did you sense that the White House was trying to destroy your reputation? Novak spoke to a friend of mine on the street and said that, Wilson's a 'blank,' and his wife works for the CIA, that the nature of the smear campaign they were going to run against me was going to include the betrayal of her identity as a covert CIA officer. And that would have been around July 8 or July 9 []. Since her identity was leaked by Richard Armitage, then Deputy Secretary of State, the subtitles are not entirely accurate.

Once that career was destroyed, she wrote this account of her experiences as a means of both supporting herself and settling scores. That draft came back heavily expurgated. She was then expected to rewrite her book so that it made sense despite many deletions. But Ms. Wilson's story. So Fair Game has been published with the censor's marks visible as blacked-out words, lines, paragraphs or pages.

The publisher amplifies the book with an page afterword by Laura Rozen, a reporter, who uses matters of public record to fill in some of the gaps. But however widely known she has become, Ms. Wilson has not previously revealed what it was like for her to follow the trial of I.

Lewis Libby Jr. Wilson's expense 'These reporters were allowing themselves to be exploited by the administration and were obstructing the investigation' ; and to learn that Ms.

Miller, in her notebook, had gotten her name wrong, calling her "Valerie Flame" 'my exotic-dancer stage name,' Ms. Wilson joked to friends. She was outraged by the extent to which she had become fodder for the gossip mill. Citing the dismay voiced by Ari Fleischer , the White House press secretary, that such loose talk about an undercover agent might actually be criminal, she writes angrily: 'If he was so surprised that his actions might have adverse national security implications, then he's not smart enough to work in the White House.

That goes for all the officials who thought that using my name as catnip was just playing the Washington game as usual. That idea of gamesmanship gives 'Fair Game,' the book's already stinging title, an even harsher meaning. There is no reason to doubt that Wilson wrote Fair Game herself. To put it kindly, the memoir lacks the sheen of a ghostwriter's work and has the voice of an ordinary person caught up in extraordinary events.

It doesn't help that the CIA redacted the manuscript heavily before approving it for publication. Each time she is about to launch into a juicy anecdote, it seems, lines are blacked out, sometimes for pages on end. The book is, however, greatly assisted by an afterword by Laura Rozen, a reporter for the American Prospect. Rozen faithfully echoes Wilson's point of view but fills in many of the censored dates, places and other details from published sources. Readers would be smart to turn to the afterword first, before tackling Wilson's disjointed narrative.

It was July 21, , barely a week since a column by Robert Novak in the Washington Post had named my wife, Valerie, as a CIA officer, and now the host of Hardball was calling to tell me that as far as the White House was concerned, they had declared open season on my family. In his signature staccato, Matthews was blunt: "I just got off the phone with Karl Rove.

He says, and I quote, 'Wilson's wife is fair game. ROVE: No. And you know what? In fact, a colleague of yours [Matthews]. Page 3 of 6 pages. Many White House staffers are potential suspects, but various press reports have suggested that the Feds will want to interview I.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby , Vice President Cheney's chief of staff , an aggressive consumer of intelligence regarded by some CIA analysts as an intimidating figure. The newsmagazine [Newsweek] also notes that, according to a source close to Wilson, shortly after the leak occurred Bush's senior aide Karl Rove told Hardball host Chris Matthews that Wilson's wife was "fair game. He told me the same weeks ago when I made a similar inquiry about this chat with Rove. Let's talk about the timing of this and we all remember this.

It was July 6th that Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who had been sent down there by the CIA to the government of Niger to check out the story which appeared mysteriously in an Italian newspaper, that there had been a deal by Saddam Hussein to purchase nuclear materials, uranium yellow cake , from the government of Niger. Within two days, the vice president of the United States said the president of the United States wanted Scooter Libby to leak to Judy Miller , someone he had been working with on stories, had written stories that were supportive of the war, in effect, if not in intent, to tell her, this is a specific determination by the president.

You tell Scooter to go tell Judy that there was a real case for these aluminum tubes being material for use in developing a nuclear weapon. You tell her this. This is the conversation we're getting recounted under oath from Scooter Libby. Pretty high drama here, isn't it? I mean, it tells you that the president himself was in charge of this operation. He wasn't some, faded backroom guy getting orders from the vice president. He was in fact, calling the shots particularly, and making the case for the war after the fact.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dewey Decimal. Main article: Plame affair. Further information: Lewis Libby and United States v. Main article: Joseph C. Joseph C. Wilson, "The Sixteen Words", chap. ET July 12, " : 3 of 4 pages , accessed August 15, Web only. Page 1 of 6 pages. Retrieved The Washington Post. Lewis Libby, Jr. Retrieved August 5, ET, accessed August 23, "Here's a question from [ It's been happening in these debates, lots of questions about, you know, evolution, Genesis, the whole thing, creationism.

Are they fair game , or is that a religious test? ET, accessed August 22, Categories : Plame affair non-fiction books American memoirs Non-fiction books about the Central Intelligence Agency Books adapted into films. Hidden categories: Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list.


Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House

Wilson, IV , had criticized the George W. Bush administration 's rationale for the Iraq War. The outing made her the center of the American political scandal known as the Plame affair. Her public outing led to her decision to resign from the CIA in December , when she attempted to retire early at the age of Being told that she could not collect her pension until the age of 56, she determined to write this book both as a means of telling her own story in her own words and as a means of earning income to replace her deferred retirement annuity.


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No fair play for writers of Fair Game film about CIA officer Valerie Plame

Wilson 's memoir The Politics of Truth. Watts stars as Plame and Penn as her husband, Joseph C. The film marked Watts' and Penn's third collaboration, having previously co-starred in the films 21 Grams and The Assassination of Richard Nixon. Valerie Plame is employed by the Central Intelligence Agency , a fact known outside the agency to no one except her husband and parents.

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