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Agent’s CIA Years Top Secret

Posted Aug 3, 2007 8:06 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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It’s well known that Valerie Wilson worked for the CIA; the information was published in a newspaper column and led to a high-level prosecution. And her length of service was published in the Congressional Record.

But Wilson’s length of service is classified information, as is a court filing explaining why it should remain so, according to a federal judge.

Judge Barbara Jones of New York said the classified CIA filing gave a reasonable reason for the agency’s insistence that the information remain secret, the New York Times reports. As a result, Wilson can’t publish that information in her upcoming memoir.

Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Wilson’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, said he was frustrated by the ruling.

“Trying to argue a case in which the government was able to submit a supersecret affidavit which we were not able to review was like playing an opponent who has 53 cards in his deck,” he told the newspaper.


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