The death of another right-wing meme.
Ms. [Diane] Plame, Ms. [Valerie Plame] Wilson’s mother, recalled that when her daughter was in her senior year at Pennsylvania State University, she sent her an advertisement for work at the C.I.A.Ms. Wilson became an undercover operative in Europe; officially she was an “energy consultant.” It was perhaps the riskiest type of undercover work, as she could not in a pinch fall back on being an employee of the United States.
Mother and daughter never again talked about work.
“I hear these people saying, ‘Oh, everyone knew she was undercover,’ ” Ms. Plame said. “Well, she did not enlighten her mother or her family. No, she did not.”
As the news of her blown cover broke, Ms. Wilson was headed to Chicago. Her best friend from childhood was a lawyer there and had never known Ms. Wilson was an agency operative.
“Valerie had lived this lie for so long that it was hard for her friend,” Ms. Plame recalled. “But they’re like sisters, and they came out of this as close as ever.”
And there’s nothing like a major Hollywood movie to set Cheney’s reputation as a villain in concrete.
Warner Brothers bought the movie rights to Ms. Wilson’s book, and there is already chatter of Nicole Kidman or Diane Lane taking the part of the blond C.I.A. operative.