“Good evening. My name is Valerie Plame Wilson, and I have a story to tell you.” So began an hour-long talk by the former CIA operative, a central figure in a notorious investigation into criminal exposure of covert government agents. Wilson gave SMU’s 11th annual Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies Nov. 18.
During her career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Wilson was an operations officer working on weapons of mass destruction. She found herself at the center of a political storm in 2003 when her covert identity was revealed in a syndicated newspaper column. Her outing as a spy led to the political scandal and U.S. Department of Justice investigation known as “the Plame affair.”
At SMU, Wilson discussed life at the CIA, the balance between freedom and security, and the story behind her book, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.
Wilson also said she was honored to be part of the Raggio Lecture Series. “When I heard of all Mrs. Raggio has done for women’s legal rights in the great state of Texas, I was absolutely stunned – first and foremost because she went through so much and broke so many traditional molds to do so,” she said. “It is because of women like her that I’m even here today as a CIA career woman.”
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