Our colleague David Beard asked Valerie Plame — now promoting her new espionage novel, “Blowback” — for her thoughts on the portrayal of various lady spies in popular culture. She’s skeptical of Claire Danes’s brilliant-but-skittish loner Carrie Mathison on “Homeland”: “If you’re going to be in human intelligence, having a high EQ is kind of essential.” But overall, she gets a higher grade for realism, than, say, Jennifer Garner in “Alias.”

Earlier: Valerie Plame pens a spy novel about (surprise!) a covert CIA agent, 9/19/13