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Shelves: biographical-and-autobiographical , political-non-fiction , educational , non-fiction , skimmed-to-finish-or-unfinished , spies , dnf-lost-interest , read-and-reviewed SPOILERS: I had been wanting to read this book.
I have heard the word "redacted" so much on the news lately I hate to use it myself, but that aspect made it tough to get full enjoyment out of.
I still rated it a 4 because, were it not for the redactions, I am sure it would be a 4 or even a 5. Its worth more 3. This is the story of ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame-Wilson whose cover was blown by the government that employed her all out of pure spite because her husband, a diplomat, told the powers that be that there was no cause to go to war with Iraq. Having read her story in the media I always found it extremely confusing and chaotic to make heads or tails of the whole thing.
Granted this is her side of the story but there is so much evidence that she provides explaining how all she was doing was her job, something she did well, and people in the White House took it upon themselves to ruin her to get to her husband. The first half of the book chronicles her life in the CIA and how she moved up in ranks to become a spy tracking the proliferation of WMDs around the world.
She felt she did her job as any true patriot would, she fell in love later in life and got married and had twins. A lot of the first half of the book is hard to appreciate because the government has redacted several paragraphs, individual lines or just the odd word in various chapters so there are holes.
What makes no sense though is that the person she wrote the book with, Laura Rozen, was able to recount nearly all of the holes in the extensive Afterward.
Many chapter written by the Plame-Wilson had an accompanying chapter by Rozen in the Afterward. According to Rozen, the government was fine with that because it was public knowledge but the main author could not say the same things herself.
A very WTF moment. And the story continues like that. Just makes your hair stand on end.
Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
They may say that in talking to reporters they used her name without knowing that she was undercover. 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. 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.