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Posts Tagged ‘Valerie Plame’

Maureen Dowd Featured in Satirical Comic Book

New York Times journalist Maureen Dowd stars in the new comic, The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire & Fiction). In the book, Dowd sports lingerie and wears a gun in her stocking.

Gawker has more about the comic: “Marra’s comic book dramatizes our flame-haired heroine’s role in the 2003 Valerie Plame affair. MoDo discusses journalist ethics, gets in Blackberry screaming matches, defies gun-wielding intruders who want to steal her laptop and hush up her columns and flirts with Tom Friedman en route to a date with George Clooney.”

Comic creator Benjamin Marra wrote and illustrated the comic. It features 24 black and white interior pages and sells for $3.

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Is S&S Muzzling Plame Appearances?

My answer would immediately have to be “no” but it makes for good gossip fodder for Rush & Molloy, who claim that the reason Valerie Plame has canceled tomorrow’s People For the American Way-hosted talk – and possibly any other future appearances – not because of CIA concerns but because of an edict handed down by Simon & Schuster. “From our perspective, the book is in progress and is expected to be published in the near future,” Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg told the gossipists. “It has always been a known fact, as a former employee, that [her] book would be subject to a review” by the CIA. “I think everybody agrees a better time to do the event would be closer to when the book comes out.”

But a source believes “she was bullied by Simon & Schuster not to appear, since her editors want to maximize the publicity” for when the memoir hits bookstores. But really, let’s go with the prevailing theory that the CIA’s unhappiness about Plame writing any sort of book about her time with the Agency – especially since she was a Non-Official Cover, the most secretive level – instead of some publishing conspiracy-based one….

Plame Memoir Blocked by CIA?

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame‘s book deal followed a torturous path; first she was signed up by Crown last May, but contract issues – namely, nervousness that Plame wouldn’t be allowed by the CIA to talk about the juiciest details – canned the deal, and Plame eventually landed at original underbidder Simon & Schuster. And there the story ended…until now.

Newsweek reports that the CIA Publications Review Board, which must clear writings by former employees, has effectively blocked her from even mentioning that she worked for the CIA because she served as a “nonofficial cover” officer (or NOC) posing as a private businesswoman, according to an adviser to Plame, who asked not to be identified discussing a sensitive issue. “She believes this will effectively gut the book,” said the adviser. Plame has hired a lawyer to challenge the Review Board’s ruling, and CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said the panel was still having “ongoing” talks to resolve the dispute.

In other words, Plame’s book deal has come full circle, and publication plans by S&S may be scuttled for the exact same reasons Crown declined to publish. Which leaves two questions: what took so long for the CIA to make its decision, and how did S&S think that the ruling – no matter how long it took – would go in Plame’s favor?