Valerie Plame was born in Anchorage –Alaska-, which is the largest and most populated city in Alaska.
She was reared in a military family.Consequently, she was imbued with a sense of public duty.Her father was a lieutenant colonel workin for the United States Air Force.
The first years of her life were happy, living in the freezing Alaskan city of Anchorage. She got used to seeing international traders, many military men and women from the Navy, the Air Force and the Army.
Nobody could foretell that a nice, adorable girl living in Alaska was going to become one of the best female CIA agents that the federal agency had ever had.However, as many experts highlight, when the name of a secret agent is revealed, that means bad news. Let´s go on with Valerie Plame´s story.
It turned out that her father was moved to Philadelphia.It is very common for soldiers to be moved from one city to another.Valerie had to say farewell to her beloved Alaska, wave her goodbye to her friends and start a new life.
She made new friends and got acquainted with her neighbors and new friends very fast.
Her father began to work for the National Security Agency.Although her father was not allowed to tell her what his job was, he was completely certain that his daughter was going to make career in the American administration. “ To serve and to protect “, “ Duty before self”,” the few,the proud “ there were mottos she used to hear.There was no doubt that her fate was going to be close to the Armed Forces and Espionnage.
She was a good student, she graduated in advertising and got two masters´s degrees.Besides, she learnt French ,German and Greek.This fact is utterly relevant, as in order to be a a secret agent, a true asset for the CIA, an outstanding undercover agent..speaking foreign languages fluently is extremely useful.
After College, she started working at a clothing store.She was determined to work for a federal agency and to serve her country.She had always been proud of being American, she nurtured patriotism from her childhood.. and she was reluctant to have an ordinary life as a civilian.
Therefore, she applied for a job in the Center Intelligence Agency.If asked about her job, she would say she was a civil servant.That was not false, as spies are public servants who work for the government by gathering information.
In order to avoid being kidnapped , murdered or blackmailed by other secret agencies or terrorist groups, all agents have to keep a low profile.Valerie was aware that she might be a heroine keeping the Stars and Stripes safe from terrorist groups… but her name was never going to be even known.
She might be awarded for her services, but she was not going to be allowed to publicize her heroic actions.In addition, she knew that, if she were killed in action or held hostage beyond enemy lines, the U.S government would disavow any knowledge of her.On the other hand, if she failed, the failure would become well known, the agency would be attacked and she would be sent to an isolated federal office as a clerk for the rest of her life.
Success in the CIA is hidden, just failures get publicized.She knew t.Nevertheless, she dared.She followed the British SAS motto: “ who dares, wins” and she was accepted.
Fortunately, Espionnage has changed.In the past, women were supposed to lye in bed with diplomats, army officers… working as hookers making important men fall in the “ honey trap”.
In the 1980s, men were used to set up women, overall in Europe.They would flirt and have sex with women who had been promoted to high level civil servants in NATO countries.After having sex with them, whey would blackmail them with the recorded videos.
Today, in the modern world, men and women do not have specific roles in secret agencies.They both can become field agents, translators, hitmen, security officers, embassy agents….
Because Valerie was a secret agent,there is still too much information we do not know about her life.When a secret agent works beyond enemy lines, all documents and intelligence gathered is classified and kept secret.
We need 50 years´ time to ask the U.S government to disclassify secret files.Even if we fulfill this requirement, the government can deny sharing the information because of National Security.
We assume she was sent to “the Farm” in the Pennsyulvanian city of Williamsburg, where future CIA officers follow strict training.It is official that she became a CIA officer in 2002 and she was assigned to Brussels and Greece.
We scarcely know about her missions.Valerie was not allowed to reveal the missions she participated in.Furthermore, it is said she gathered valuable information before the Second Gulf War , working on mass destruction weapons.Due to the fact she can speak French fluently, she is supposed to have worked on “ Niger´s Uranium File”.
At that times, Saddam Husssein was trying to import Uranium from Niger.The U.S Administration threatened the Francophone African country with an economic embargo.Valerie had access to all issues in relation to Niger, uranium and mass destruction weapons.
What is more, it is well known that she worked in Brussels, where NATO has its headquarters.France and Germany were against a military offensive in Iraq.U.K and Poland supported the U.S.A. Discussions and meetings were held for weeks… and there she was:
Valerie , she did gather intel for the country, being loyal to her government and working for her ideals.She could have been a great officer, become chief of a CIA Station, a Deputy Chief, even in the first female DCI – Director of Central Intelligence-.
“Keep your foes close, your friends closer “.She will never forget hit motto, as she didn´t manage to have an outstanding career in the CIA because of her comrades.
What foreign terrorists couldn´t do – there are many officers whose careers fail because of foreign secret services blackmailing them, or terrorist organizations kidnapping and reveililng their identity-, her own country did betray her.
She couldn´t expect this, it was unbeliable what happened to her.
In politics this is called “ collateral damages”.It turns out that Valerie married a U.S diplomat.This diplomat whose surname is Wilson – this is the reason why she is also known as Valerie Plame Wilson – didn ´t agree with the official version of the U.S government:
Wilson doubted that the real reason why American troops were deployed in Iraq waging the Second Gulf War was not about mass destruction weapons.Because it was publicized, high officials decided to hurt him publishing on the Washington Post that his wife, Valerie Plame was a CIA officer.
All of a sudden, Valerie had to cancel all her meetings, trips and missions.She was in danger, she and her partners.She had been betrayed by the government to whom she had sworn loyalty.Such treason was unforgivable.This case became “The Plame Gate “ Case.
The person responsible for the leak was convicted for obstruction to justice for revealing a secret agent´s identity among other charges.Nevertheless, Palme´s career was over.It wasn´t her fault but.. “ sometimes shit does happen”.Many experts in espionage are convinced that if the awkward diplomat had been a woman and her husband a CIA spy, nobody would have revealed his identity.There would have been other ways.
Valerie Plame was a victim.As in a chess game, she was the weakenest piece to be sacrificed.A pawn is over but the match continues.
Valerie is now an activist warning about nuclear weapons.She has become a writer whose books have become best-sellers.Also, there is a movie based on her story: “ Hunst the Spy “.
In response to the question of taking revenge against whose who made her career fail, she always answers that she is not interested.She focus on living and feeling good with herself, that is the best way.