I know having a Jason Bourne all alone in a field firing at bad guys is much more dramatic, but it's not real.

Valerie Plame

Valerie Plame

Profession: Writer
Nationality: American

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I can tell you, all the intelligence services in the world were running my name through their databases to see did anyone by this name come in the country? When? Do we know anything about it? Where did she stay? Who did she see?

My CIA colleagues were smart, dedicated, funny, and creative. Yes, there was sometimes stifling bureaucracy, boredom, colleagues who never should have been there, and later, deeply disturbing stories of the CIA's involvement in torture. Still, I got to do work I thought was incredibly important and, many times, had fun doing it.

I did a book event with a former colleague, Bob Bauer, and was so relieved that he said I got all the CIA stuff right.

Hillary stood with us, as she has stood with so many over the years, and we are proud to stand with her for our country now.

I do not subscribe to the 'Trump is crazy like a fox' thing. I think that's being too generous.

Joe was being called a liar and a traitor; I'm being accused of nepotism, of being a glorified secretary. The stresses that that places on an individual and, of course, a marriage were tremendous. It was - there were some dark days.

The fundamental problem is not that Trump has access to the nuclear launch codes, but that they exist at all.

There is not adequate whistleblower protection.

Our mission was to make sure that the bad guys, basically, did not get nuclear weapons.

I would never jeopardize classified information. I served my country well and loyally, and I had to sue the C.I.A. on First Amendment grounds.

I think it's the height of patriotism to continue to exercise your right as a citizen and to hold your government to account. Isn't that what the very essence of democracy is about?

I think, honestly, my largest concern, there are a lot of unbalanced people out there, and all of a sudden, I'm the CIA poster girl, and our home in Washington, the front door was about 20 feet from the street. I went to the agency at a certain point and asked for security on a residence.

Our critics would love nothing more for us to go away and just be quiet. And we won't give them that satisfaction. We have young children that, one day, when they understand more of what's happened and what's transpired, we wanna be able to say to them, you know, we did our best. And we told the truth.

The entire intelligence community is so bloated and so reliant on contractors. There's no question there's many tasks that make sense to outsource, and yet, we have followed blindly this dogma that if it's private contracting, it must be better.