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We Reveal the Classified Information the CIA Won’t Let Simon & Schuster Publish

Valerie Plame Wilson, danger to the nation.Photo: Getty Images

In a moronic ruling, federal judge Barbara Jones has ruled in favor of the CIA in the suit brought by the former agent — and center of LibbyGate — Valerie Plame Wilson, and the publisher of her memoir, Simon & Schuster. S&S and Wilson were suing based on the CIA Publications Review Board’s determination that Wilson could not include in her memoir information about the dates of her service at the agency — despite the fact that information has already been entered into the public record and widely reported. The judge ruled that she was convinced by arguments made in a secret CIA letter Wilson and her lawyers weren’t allowed to read that because the CIA had not officially declassified the dates, it was necessary to redact that information from Wilson’s memoir, Fair Game. So basically, even though those dates are on Wikipedia, Wilson can’t include them in her own memoir.

Well, Simon & Schuster, you should feel free to send readers here to Vulture, where we will preserve this shocking, classified information for the world’s benefit: Wilson began her work for the CIA on November 9, 1985, and worked for the government for a total of twenty years and seven days. That included six years, one month, and 29 days of overseas service.

Oh shit! The terrorists won!

Judge Blocks Wilson from Including Dates in Memoir [PW]
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We Reveal the Classified Information the CIA Won’t Let Simon & Schuster Publish