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Outed CIA Agent Claims Prior Restraint

Posted Jun 1, 2007 11:19 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Outed CIA agent Valerie Wilson has sued her former employer for refusing to allow her to publish the dates she worked there.

Wilson notes the information has already been published in the Congressional Record and says the CIA’s stance violates her rights to free speech, according to a New York Times account of the lawsuit.

Wilson wants to publish the dates in her upcoming memoir Fair Game.

Agents sign contracts that require them to get permission from the CIA before publishing manuscripts. Wilson says she spent 10 months working with the agency to work out the details that may be released.

The CIA says it released the employment dates by mistake in an unclassified letter and the information remains classified.

A newspaper column identified Wilson as a CIA agent, referring to her by her maiden name. An investigation into the leak that produced the column led to the perjury conviction of the vice president’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr.

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