Valerie Plame Comes Out of the Cold to UCI Law
Now going by Valerie Elise Plame Wilson, to reflect her marriage to former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, the 48-year-old wrote about her spook career in 2007's Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.
Doug Liman's Fair Game, a 2010 film starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn that was based on the memoirs of Plame and Wilson, received generally positive reviews from critics. It came out on DVD and Blu-ray last March.
Back to real life, the couple filed Wilson vs. Cheney in 2006 against Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby and Karl Rove (later adding Richard Armitage, who leaked the CIA undercover's identity to conservative columnist Robert Novak). President Barack Obama's Justice Department later agreed with George W. Bush's Justice Department that the couple have no standing to sue. Wilson and Plame have vowed to continue fighting to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Meanwhile, Plame has turned her writing talents to fiction, authoring a series of spy novels with mystery writer Sarah Lovett for Blue Rider Press.
Plame is scheduled to appear from noon to 1 p.m. at UCI's EDU-1111, Seminar Room 101. While it's free to attend, you must RSVP online.
Hasen speaks 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday on "The Voting Wars," which explores why nearly a dozen years after the controversial 2000 U.S. presidential election between Bush and Al Gore, the problems with how we run our elections are still not fixed. The Chancellor's Chair Lecture is based on Hasen's upcoming book The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, which is scheduled to be published this summer by Yale University Press. It's in the same room as the Plame seminar (RSVP online).