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Plame sues CIA over book restraint

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June 1, 2007

A former US intelligence agent who was outed in 2003 in an Iraq war scandal that rocked the White House filed suit against the CIA Thursday over an order preventing her from publishing her memoirs.

The case centers on whether Valerie Plame can publish her dates of service. While the CIA says the information is classified, Plame and her publisher Simon Schuster say the details were released unclassified in 2006.

According to the suit, the CIA has demanded that significant portions of the manuscript "be excised or rendered 'fiction.'" Plame is arguing that the CIA cannot limit the publication of previously unclassified material.

The suit further says that Plame has been cooperating with the intelligence agency's publications review board for 10 months to resolve the issue.

"The executive branch of the United States government is unconstitutionally interfering with the publication of Ms. (Plame) Wilson's memoir, Fair Game, by classifying public domain information," Simon Schuster said in a statement.

"The CIA's effort to classify public domain information is an unreasonable attempt at prior restraint of publication," it added.

Plame was at the center of a scandal that erupted when her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, wrote a July 2003 opinion piece in the New York Times criticizing President George W. Bush's case for war against Iraq.

She contends White House officials deliberately leaked her name to the media to ruin her career and punish Wilson.

She also insisted that top White House political adviser Karl Rove was behind the leak. The incident led to a probe into whether administration officials had broken the law by knowingly outing a covert intelligence agent.

No charges were laid directly over the leak, but Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice over the affair.

Libby was convicted in March and faces up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 5, although federal guidelines suggest he will face a much shorter sentence.

4 Responses to Plame sues CIA over book restraint

  1. www.nazilieskill.us

    June 1, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Gouging, chiseling, delay, and obstruction. La, la, la, la.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  2. nuQler Ostrich

    June 1, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Only secrecy for the Gubmint [criminals]

  3. Joe Lawrence

    June 1, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    The administration insists that Plame was “little more than some sort of glorified secretary,” that “everyone in Washington KNEW she worked for the CIA” and that “she was never a covert agent.”

    Given all of that, why do they not want her to write about it? Maybe she would have helpful hints about things like office decor, more efficient ways of making coffee for “the deciders,” and (Dare we hope?) ways to make intelligence findings more interesting for the president to read. That would be nice, and surely we would not be giving away any important imformation. Right?

    Joe Lawrence

  4. wiseoldgranny

    June 2, 2007 at 3:15 am

    Faces up to 25 years in prison…..BS!! they are talking 3 years and his defense is pleading for less, for prior ‘good behavior’.

    rove, armitage, and cheney, continue to have security clearances, after compromising the national security and Valerie’s, her family and all those that worked with her, security. A patriot’s work is forever done, while the traitors are free to do it again.