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Valerie Plame

“Outed” CIA Operations Officer, Best-Selling Author of Fair Game & Blowback

Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. During her career with the CIA, Valerie managed top-secret covert programs designed to keep terrorists and rogue nations from acquiring nuclear weapons. This involved decision making at senior levels, recruiting foreign assets, managing multi-million dollar budgets, briefing US policy-makers, and demonstrating consistently solid judgment in a field where mistakes could prove disastrous to national security.

With an expert understanding of worldwide governments, covert cyber operations, and counterterrorism, Valerie discusses espionage, current issues surrounding international security, and the fight against nuclear proliferation.

BIO

On July 14, 2003, the CIA lost one of its finest covert Operations Officers when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her top-secret identity to a newspaper columnist who published her name – Valerie Plame. The political firestorm fueled an investigation uncovering suspicions that the Bush administration compromised Plame’s identity on purpose – a federal act of treason; and in 2007, she published the intimate details of the affair in the New York Times best-selling autobiography Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. It was later turned into a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.

Plame sits on the boards of Global Data Security and Starling Trust, a predictive behavioral analytics company that interprets and forecasts behavioral trends. She also served on the nonprofit boards of The Ploughshares Fund, Global Zero, the United Way of Santa Fe County, Postpartum Support International, and the Penn State School of International Affairs, among others. Plame is affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute, a trans-disciplinary scientific think tank created by two Nobel Prize winners to address the most compelling and complex problems in the world today.

Plame has done extensive public speaking throughout the country and internationally on issues including cyber security, national security, nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA revelations. She has written for many publications including TIME, Newsweek, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, as well as The Guardian and O, The Oprah Magazine.

On July 14, 2003, the CIA lost one of its finest covert Operations Officers when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her top-secret identity to a newspaper columnist who published her name – Valerie Plame. The political firestorm fueled an investigation uncovering suspicions that the Bush administration compromised Plame’s identity on purpose – a federal act of treason; and in 2007, she published the intimate details of the affair in the New York Times best-selling autobiography Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. It was later turned into a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.

Plame sits on the boards of Global Data Security and Starling Trust, a predictive behavioral analytics company that interprets and forecasts behavioral trends. She also served on the nonprofit boards of The Ploughshares Fund, Global Zero, the United Way of Santa Fe County, Postpartum Support International, and the Penn State School of International Affairs, among others. Plame is affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute, a trans-disciplinary scientific think tank created by two Nobel Prize winners to address the most compelling and complex problems in the world today.

Plame has done extensive public speaking throughout the country and internationally on issues including cyber security, national security, nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA revelations. She has written for many publications including TIME, Newsweek, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, as well as The Guardian and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Media

"To put it into one word she was outstanding. Not only was her speech great, she was very kind to all of our members."

Missouri Trial Lawyers Association

SPEECH TOPICS

Countdown to Zero: The Case for Nuclear Disarmament

Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House

Security vs Privacy: A Deeper Look at NSA Spying and Its Implications

Books & Media
Blowback book coverBurned book coverFair Game book cover