Is it possible for fiction to surpass real life when it comes to Valerie Plame Wilson, the CIA agent whose cover was famously blown during the Bush administration?  She  makes the case that it can. 

She joined us today to talk about her debut novel, Blowback,which  she co-wrote with suspense writer Sarah Lovett.  It’s set to be the first in a series of international spy thrillers detailing the work of fictional operative Vanessa Pierson. But before talking about how her fictionalized spy Vanessa Pierson stacks up against her own CIA career,   Valerie Plame Wilson weighed in on the government shutdown, the U.S. Invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the CIA under John Brennan's leadership.

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