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Wilson, IVhad 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 faair to resign from the CIA in Decemberwhen 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” faair 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 GregoryGregory asked Rove, who identified himself as an “avid Republican “, [9] among other rair 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.

Chris Matthews reportedly declined to discuss the telephone conversation that he had had with Rove, according to Thomas and Iskikoff in Newsweekwho quote the conversation that Wilson reported having with Matthews and then add parenthetically: Matthews was one of over twenty-five journalists subpoenaed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald regarding their conversations with vaperie 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.

Ultimately, whereas Fitzgerald’s grand jury did not indict Agme for committing any alleged crimes, and, in Octoberit did indict Libby not for allegedly having leaked Mrs. Wilson’s identity but for allegedly having lied in his sworn testimony pertaining faor the leak investigation, federal felonies for which a jury plsme 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 dair publicly in some detail in valeris conversation with Senator John Kerry on Hardball with Chris Matthewsdescribing 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 plake 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, Newsweekagme 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: 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.

Libbybecause of Libby’s obstruction of justice. The jury convicted Libby on four of the five counts in the indictment: On July 3,the day after President Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, Chris Matthews talked again with former Ambassador Wilsonwho 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.

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. 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.

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Wilson has not previously revealed what it was like for her to follow the trial of I. Wilson’s expense pla,e 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 agme extent to which she had become fodder for the gossip mill. Citing the dismay voiced by Ari Fleischerthe White House press secretary, that such loose talk about an undercover agent might actually be criminal, she writes angrily: 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. 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.

Valerie Plame Wilson: the housewife CIA spy who was ‘fair game’ for Bush

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 valerir 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: He says, and I quote, ‘Wilson’s wife is fair game.

Do you think you owe Valerie Plame an apology? You considered her fair game in this debate? And you know what? In fact, a colleague of yours [Matthews]. Was she an appropriate target in this debate? Page 3 of 6 pages.


Many White House staffers are potential suspects, but various press reports have suggested that the Feds will gamr to interview I. Lewis “Scooter” LibbyVice President Cheney’s poame of staffan 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 cakefrom the government of Niger.

Within two days, the vice president of the United States said the president of the Plamd States wanted Scooter Libby to leak to Judy Millersomeone 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?

Fair Game | Book by Valerie Plame Wilson, Laura Rozen | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

I mean, it tells you that the president himself was in charge of this operation. He wasn’t some, faded backroom guy getting fxir 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. Lewis Libby and United States v. A Diplomat’s Memoirrev. Wilson, “The Sixteen Words”, chap.

ET July 12, “: Page 1 of 6 pages. Michael Isikoff”The Rove Factor: Retrieved August 5, ET, accessed August 23, It’s been happening in these debates, lots of questions about, you know, evolution, Genesis, the whole thing, creationism. Are they fair gameor is that a religious test?

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This page was last edited on 12 Julyat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Print hardcoverCDe-Audio. 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. 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.