Publisher Simon & Schuster Sues the C.I.A.

Valerie Plame, known as the ‘outed’ CIA agent is completing a memoir of her ordeal to be published by Simon & Schuster. Both the author and her publisher have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District court against the CIA, charging that the agency is interfering with Plame’s efforts to write her book. The suit, which names the CIA; the director of the CIA Michael Hayden; and J. Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, alleges that the executive branch of the government is trying to stop Plame from using the dates she served in the CIA in her book even though those dates have been made public.

The lawsuit is seeking a declaratory judgment that the executive branch “cannot restrain publication of previously unclassified or currently unclassifiable information documenting Ms. Wilson’s dates of federal service.” According to the complaint, Plame’s service dates had been released by the CIA in an unclassified document and can be found in the Congressional Record and on the Web at GPO Access. “This is public information. The CIA can’t just make it disappear,” said S&S spokesperson Adam Rothberg. Publishers Weekly reports.