Any time you're a poster child for the CIA, there are a lot of people that are - either have ideological or they are mentally unbalanced - that are going to try to find you and perhaps cause you harm.

Valerie Plame

Valerie Plame

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Nationality: American

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I think the Bush Administration was bound and determined on regime change, and we will be paying the price of that for some time to come.

Of course, when you're a parent, that's your paramount concern, for your children, and there were some very credible and frightening threats, and the agency declined to provide any security, and it felt like a betrayal all over again. It was really painful.

It's some weird idea to think that you've always got to say everything is great and perfect.

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.

Of course, we all watch James Bond with envy - knowing the U.S. government would never pay for the lifestyle he enjoys.

After I resigned, I could eventually speak for myself, but when it first happened, I was in complete shock, and it took a long time for me to overcome it.

The options are war versus peace, and I am delighted that, so far, it appears that peaceful negotiation has won the day.

I have always been appalled by the depiction of female CIA operatives.

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.

Donald Trump has done a lot of horrible things on Twitter. From emboldening white supremacists to promoting violence against journalists, his tweets damage the country and put people in harm's way.

I want to shine a spotlight on showing how dangerous Trump and his Twitter button can be.

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

Hollywood does tend to portray CIA officers as totally the honey trap. Looks matter as they do in any profession. But the most important thing for me when I was working was blending into my environment.

The intelligence community really is a vast bureaucratic entity, and it has been politicized in ways that are not effective for the gathering of intelligence and giving it to senior policymakers.