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Finally Telling My Story

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I'm Valerie Plame Wilson and I'm excited to be here and blog about my
book Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,
which goes on sale Monday, Oct 22. When my publisher sent me the
finished copy earlier this week, it was thrilling. It felt like a new
chapter (forgive the pun) has begun on the journey that has taken some
incredible twists and turns since July 14, 2003, when my covert
identity was exposed and ended a career that I loved. I've written
honestly about my life: why I went to work for the CIA, my
paramilitary training, the sort of operations we developed and ran to
find intelligence on Iraq's alleged WMD programs in the run up to the
war, as well as personal information, such as my battle with
postpartum depression and the difficulties I had going from a private
to a public persona literally overnight. My publisher, Simon and
Schuster, decided to print the blacked out redactions demanded by the
CIA and hopefully those passages (or lack thereof) speak for
themselves and the extent to which the CIA thought the material in the
book was classified.

Watching myself on 60 Minutes was surreal -- who can ever get
used to seeing themselves on TV? I guess the book tour has really
started and it will be a crazy week ahead. After four and a half years
and everyone else in world talking about me, it feels good to finally
be able to tell my story myself. It's a story about the consequences
of speaking truth to power and the critical importance of holding our
government to account for its words and deeds. I'm off to bed,
because I have an early wakeup call tomorrow to do the Today Show. I
look forward to sharing my reactions and stories with you from the
road over the next few days. I will be posting throughout the week and
appreciate your comments and support.