A CIA panel has told former employee Valerie Plame she can’t write about her undercover work for the agency, Newsweek reports.
The CIA position threatens a lucrative book project. Mrs. Plame’s outing as a CIA officer in July 2003 triggered a criminal probe that culminates this week when Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, goes on trial for perjury and obstruction.
But in what could be a precursor to a separate legal battle, Mrs. Plame recently hired a lawyer to challenge the CIA Publications Review Board, which must clear writings by former employees. The panel refused Mrs. Plame permission to even mention that she worked for the CIA because she served as a “nonofficial cover” officer (or NOC) posing as a private businesswoman, according to an adviser to Mrs. Plame, who asked not to be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity.
“She believes this will effectively gut the book,” the adviser told reporter Michael Isikoff.
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