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Ousted CIA agent to speak at GPAC

By Wade Allen
Oct. 29, 2009

When former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson appears in GPAC on Nov. 5 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, members of the UNCP campus community will have a unique opportunity that some would kill for – to ask direct questions concerning her history of being one of the most famous spies the country has ever known.

She will speak and entertain questions in GPAC at 7:30 p.m., following a dinner with Chancellor Charles Jenkins.

When the late columnist Robert Novak, who died on Aug. 18, published Plame Wilson’s identity to the world on July 14, 2003, many people had questions and they were demanding answers.

Many Americans still do not understand the complexity of her intense and controversial life.

While Novak was praised for his investigative skills by some of his colleagues in the media industry, he was very much scrutinized by Plame Wilson and the government for leaking her classified status.

Plame Wilson’s husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, was particularly critical of the George W. Bush Administration and American involvement in the Iraqi conflict.

According to a “60 Minutes” interview conducted by Katie Couric in 2008, Plame Wilson said that she believes Novak exposed her identity because of the critical comments her husband made about the Bush Administration.

Further, in the “60 Minutes” interview, Plame Wilson said that her job with the CIA mainly dealt with ensuring that Saddam Hussein and other foreign leaders considered as threats to America did not get a hold of weapons of mass destruction.

Tickets to her speech are $10 for the general public, $5 for UNCP faculty and staff and free for UNCP students.

They can be purchased from the GPAC box office by calling (910) 521-6287.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and features speakers of national and international prominence, speaking on a wide variety of issues.


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