Valerie Plame recalls her life as a spy in Raggio Lecture

Valerie Plame Wilson

Valerie Plame recalls her life as a spy in Raggio Lecture

Valerie Plame Wilson at SMU“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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December 12, 2008|News|

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson to give 2008 Raggio Lecture

Valerie Plame WilsonFormer CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, a central figure in an investigation into criminal exposure of covert government agents, will give SMU’s 11th annual Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

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.” She is the author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster.

The Raggio Endowed Lecture Series was established to bring “role models of vision and achievement” to SMU to speak on gender and women’s issues. It gives students and the larger community an opportunity to hear and interact with nationally renowned speakers in the area of women’s studies.

Lecture tickets are $10 each, payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or check. Complete a downloadable order form (PDF format) or contact SMU Program Services at 8-1384.

Visit the Raggio Endowed Lecture Series website

November 13, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|
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