"And yet for years, she lived a life of secrecy that most of us would have trouble fathoming, unable to tell her best friends what she actually did for a living, or her own husband where she was flying off to in the middle of the night." CAPITAL CULTURE: Valerie Plame, in spotlight again - Yahoo! News Val's hiding in the picture See if you can spot her. (Yes, she's THAT good a spy!) It's OK for the NY Times to divulge real covert activities and for US State to undermine our efforts in the Middle East, but as soon as Richard Armitage tells Woodward that Plame is a spy all hell breaks loose.