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Former Spy Raising Funds To Get Trump Off Twitter

Aug 26, 2017

LISTEN: Valerie Plame worked for years as a covert operative in the CIA, focusing on nuclear proliferation issues. That all changed in 2003 when her husband, Joseph Wilson, wrote an opinion piece questioning the intelligence the Bush Administration was using the justify a war with Iraq. An official in the Administration leaked Plame’s identity to a sympathetic columnist and she resigned from the CIA, leaving that career behind. She chronicled her life as a spy and how it ended in the book "Fair Game," which was also made into a film starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

But she has continued to work on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons from her home in Santa Fe, where she and her family moved after the so-called Plame affair.  

Now she has taken on a new mission: Convincing Twitter to remove President Donald Trump from its platform. Plame says she’s concerned his Tweets could spark a nuclear war. She wants to raise a billion dollars to get a controlling share in the company. After 10 days -- as of Saturday August 26 -- her crowdsourcing campaign had raised more than $76,000.

In this interview, Plame talks about why she sees Trump's Tweets as so dangerous in this current international environment, and how they also highlight the flaws in the country's command and control system around nuclear defense.