Valerie Plame, who worked at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson, filed the suit today in federal court in Washington. They are seeking unspecified financial damages.
The couple’s suit accuses Cheney, Rove, Libby and other unidentified officials of violating their constitutional rights by conspiring to “discredit, punish and seek revenge” against Wilson for publicly disputing statements made by President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address in an effort to justify the war in Iraq.
“The lawsuit concerns the intentional and malicious exposure by senior officials of the federal government of one such human source at the CIA, Valerie Plame Wilson, whose job it was to gather intelligence to make the nation safer,” the suit said.
Plame and Wilson plan to hold a news conference on the suit tomorrow in Washington.