Valerie Plame, whose CIA career ended when columnist Robert Novak blew her cover in July 2003, today testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee whose members will receive a special secret decoder ring so they can understand her without revealing sensitive intel in a public forum.
Ms. Plame (aka Valerie Wilson) lived such a secret life that when she and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, appeared in a photo spread in Vanity Fair magazine, she was compelled by CIA covert spy protocol to wear dark sunglasses.
The former agent will speak in a top-secret cipher language. Committee members will break the encryption as she speaks using the secret decoder device.
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Seriously, she was officially a "NOC." See WaPo article in continuation
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"... her standing inside the agency dropped sharply after she and Wilson posed in their Jaguar convertible for a photograph in Vanity Fair, published in January 2004. The photo may have added an element of intrigue to her image but turned many of her colleagues against her. "That mocked the seriousness people had for her status and helped trivialize the situation," said one former CIA official."