I am paging through Valerie Plame's bio, which hit the bookstores today. Time does not permit a full assessment, but a few points have caught my eye so far:
1. Was Valerie at the fateful breakfast in May 2003 when Joe discussed his classified trip with Nick Kristof? Don't ask, and she won't tell.
2. Was Joe working for the Kerry campaign in the summer of 2003 when he penned his NY Times op-ed? The Boston Globe said so, and Joe admitted as much on NBC News, but that factoid eluded Ms. Plame and her publisher.
3. Didn't the State Dept. and the Pentagon chime in asking for the CIA stance on the Feb 12 2002 Pentagon report that caught Cheney's eye and eventually led to a fateful phone call to Ms. Plame's unit of the CIA? Weren't the wheels set in motion for the Wilson trip even before Cheney was briefed on the new DIA report on Niger and yellowcake? Again, don't ask - in Ms. Plame's telling, the only interest in Niger and yellowcake was coming from the Vice President's office, and she is standing by her "Walking-By Guy" story - some underling nominated Joe to her as a candidate for the Niger trip, she and the underling then suggested Joe to her boss, and therefore she was not involved in suggesting Joe. I have no doubt that explanation will work for her audience.
4. Trouble In Paradise - apparently, Valerie forgot to mention to Old Joe that she had written a memo promoting him for the trip; when the Senate Intel report panned Wilson in July 2004 he was furious and felt (somewhat understandably) that the memo undercut his claim that his wife had no involvement in his Niger trip. Oops!
The skimming continues! Among other trivia points I very much want to see how she explains her leave of absence in June 2004, and I can't wait to learn whether Joe, never affiliated with the Kerry campaign in her telling, somehow becomes unaffiliated.