Fair Game opened in theaters across America over the weekend. Based on the memoirs of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame (played stunningly by Naomi Watts) and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson (played well by Sean Penn), the movie perpetuates the conventional wisdom about the infamous Plame affair. It focuses on the consequences of the exposure of Plame in a column by Robert Novak. Both Wilson and Plame claimed they were the target of a Bush White House plot led by former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, to leak Plame’s CIA identity to retaliate against Wilson for an op-ed article he had written for the New York Times. The column disputed the famous sixteen words in President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union about Iraqi attempts to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger to make nuclear weapons. Libby ultimately was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice as a result of a probe of the leak of Plame’s identity.
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