The FBI’s most notorious informant, Valerie Plame Wilson, has died.
Plame was one of the most powerful women in the US government.
She played a key role in the Iraq war, the Iran-Contra scandal and the Iran nuclear deal, and helped to frame President George W. Bush for the 2002 attack on the US Capitol.
A former CIA analyst, she also played a crucial role in securing the release of US prisoners held by Iran.
But Plame’s role in helping to build the Iraq War was also controversial.
Her work as an informant on the Iran Contra scandal is still being investigated.
US President Donald Trump has also faced questions about her role in a series of high-profile arrests and the death of her son in a car crash.
She was the most prominent FBI informant to have been convicted in the Iran Contra scandal.
US Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, described Plame as “a disgrace and a traitor” in a statement on Thursday.
Senator Lindsey Graham said Plame had been “an FBI informant for more than five years”.
“She had a hand in the downfall of the Bush administration, and was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, and obstruction of a grand jury investigation,” he said.
“This indictment is a slap in the face to her family and all who served in the intelligence community.”
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She is survived by her son, James; two grandchildren; a sister and two brothers; a niece and nephew; and five great-grandchildren.
“She was my lawyer,” James Plame said in an interview.
“It was very important for me to know the truth.
I thought, ‘If she’s in there, I can get her out of there’.” Plame started working for the FBI in 1988, when she was hired as a career agent.
Her initial role was as a legal assistant in Washington, DC, where she worked closely with the bureau’s top legal counsel, Richard Clarke.
She became the FBI’s first female lawyer, after retiring from the CIA in 1992.
“I had a dream job,” she told the Associated Press in a 2014 interview.
Her next assignment was as an assistant to the director of the National Security Division.
“There’s not much of a job that you have to do that’s glamorous,” Plame told the AP.
“But I was in charge of legal affairs for the National Intelligence Program.”
Plame also took on the role of an FBI informant.
The role involved gathering intelligence about possible targets in Washington DC and conducting clandestine operations against them.
Her first operation was against Senator Ted Kennedy, who was on the verge of running for president.
“They went to Kennedy’s office,” Plam said.
Plam was part of a small group of FBI agents who went to JFK’s office in order to collect intelligence.
The FBI says the operation did not take place, but Plame later revealed that she had taken part in it.
In January 2017, she was part the FBI team that arrested and charged Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor who worked for the US intelligence agency.
Plamel was eventually fired from the FBI.
Her successor was James Comey, who said she was fired for her “tactical errors” in handling the case.
He said that the FBI would not be punished.
‘I’m not a political hack’ ‘I am not a partisan hack,’ Comey told CNN in March 2018.
“We have a culture in this agency that is a very political culture, where we do what we can to advance our political agenda.
We can’t allow that to change.”
The FBI declined to comment on the death.
Plames husband, retired Major General Keith Plame (pictured) died in January 2018, shortly after he left office, of an apparent suicide.
Plamanes death came after a series in which the agency faced questions over its use of informants and the handling of investigations of high profile cases.
In February 2018, the FBI announced that it had hired a former intelligence officer to investigate allegations that the bureau had illegally gathered information on the President and Vice President.
The investigation led to the resignations of three senior managers at the bureau.
That same month, former FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that he was resigning.
Trump has denied that he knew anything about the investigation.