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Interview with Author, Outed CIA Operative, and Former Collegian Staffer Valerie Plame Wilson


Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, who was outed as a spy during the George W. Bush administration, spoke with Collegian Assistant Marketing Director Mikayla Brennan last fall in this Collegian AIG-sponsored Roundtable.


Plame Wilson served on the Collegian advertising staff and as its business manager before graduating in 1985 and immediately being recruited by the CIA. She served as a covert operations officer until her identity as a CIA officer was improperly leaked in 2003.


Plame Wilson’s husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, wrote an op-ed titled “What I Didn’t Find in Africa” that was published in The New York Times on July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq.


Conservative political commentator Robert Novak revealed Plame Wilson's identity as a covert intelligence officer a week later in a scandal that would become known as the Plame Affair. The disclosure forced Plame Wilson to resign because her position no longer was a secret.