I haven't given much thought lately to Valerie Plame - but she was in the news again this morning, due to the fact that her former husband, Joseph Wilson, passed away at the age of 69. Wilson was the guy who questioned the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Plame's identity as a CIA operative was exposed days after Wilson’s criticism of U.S. intelligence that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase uranium.
Wilson drew intense criticism from Republican lawmakers over his statements regarding Iraq in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion. A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 pointed to inconsistencies.
Wilson dismissed those claims, later writing the book “The Politics of Truth.”
Valerie Plame's biography makes for some very interesting reading:
Financially, she has done very well since she left the CIA, which is why she considered buying Twitter in 2017. Although her fund raising goal fell short, I agree with Dutch that Trump should not be kicked off Twitter simply because he incriminates himself just about every time he sends out a tweet.
In May 2019, Plame announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for New Mexico's 3rd congressional district in the 2020 elections. She is a Democrat, associated with the progressive wing of the party. She prioritizes national security (with an emphasis on denuclearization), and combating climate change.
Since Trump has taken some dangerous steps lately about nuclear weapons, and since climate change has suddenly become a HUGE issue *check out Great Thunberg's Facebook page) she will likely get elected in 2020.
One of our country's most corrupt presidents was Dick Cheney. Officially, he was not actually the president, but he heavily influenced George W. Bush, who commuted Scooter Libby's sentence (Libby, of course, was eventually pardoned by Trump).
Cheny's former company, Haliburton, made a profit of $39. billion from the Iraq war>
Th similarity between Bush's administration and Trump's is that neither one cared who they hurt as long as they got their way. On July 14, 2003, Robert Novak, journalist for The Washington Post, using information obtained from Richard Armitage, Karl Rove, and Scooter Libby, revealed in his column her identity as a CIA operative. Legal documents published in the course of the CIA leak grand jury investigation, United States v. Libby, and Congressional investigations, established her classified employment as a covert officer for the CIA at the time when Novak's column was published in July 2003
In 2017, an American spy was forced to flee Russia after President Trump spilled key classified information. The spy was reportedly a key mole inside the Kremlin whose departure marked a major setback for intelligence efforts.
In May of 2017, Trump leaked Israeli intelligence about ISIS to Russia.
U.S. intelligence officials reportedly warned their Israeli counterparts to exert caution in sharing top secret information with Donald Trump's administration for fear of it being passed to Russia and then to Moscow's ally and Israel's arch-enemy, Iran.
Discussions between U.S. and Israeli security services prior to Trump's inauguration on January 20 gave rise to concerns that sensitive intelligence might exchange hands between him and the Russian government, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported in January.