Second Circuit ruled CIA did not infringe ex-agent Plame's free speech rights

On November 12, 2009, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) did not violate the free speech rights of former agent Valerie Plame when it sought to prevent her from revealing specific classified information in her memoir. The suit was brought by Plame and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, who alleged that the CIA violated Plame's right to free speech by preventing her from discussing her employment with the CIA prior to 2002. Plame was forced to resign as an undercover operative in 2006 after her identity was revealed in a highly publicized scandal.

Learn more about the Valerie Plame and the CIA from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the issue from JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Jordan in Forum.


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