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Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame says 'Homeland' is compelling TV but can miss the realism mark

by The Associated Press

Posted Jan 22, 2014 10:20 pm EDT

In this undated photo provided by PBS, former United States CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame, who is also known by her married name, Valerie Wilson, is interviewed on the set of "Makers: Women Who Make America," filmed in Venice, Calif. Plame left the CIA after her covert identity was compromised by information leaked to a newspaper columnist in 2003. She is among those featured in the PBS documentary series titled "Makers: Women Who Make America," airing later this year. (AP Photo/PBS, Nancy Pastor)

PASADENA, Calif. – Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has a mixed opinion of Showtime’s spy drama “Homeland.”

Plame said Wednesday the Emmy Award-winning TV series is a compelling drama and that star Claire Danes is “fabulous” as a CIA operations officer.

But Plame told a TV critics’ meeting it’s not credible that the character’s bipolar disorder would go unnoticed. She says the depiction of cellphone use inside CIA headquarters is another gaffe, since the phones are not secure and can be traced.

Plame left the CIA after her covert identity was compromised by information leaked to a newspaper columnist in 2003. She is among those featured in the PBS documentary series “Makers: Women Who Make America,” airing later this year.