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12/03/10 Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy
WE'RE NOT in the habit of writing movie reviews. But the recently released film "Fair Game" - which covers a poisonous Washington controversy during the war in Iraq - deserves some editorial page comment, if only because of what its promoters are saying about it. The protagonists portrayed in the movie, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV and former spy Valerie Plame, claim that it tells the true story of their battle with the Bush administration over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Ms. Plame's exposure as a CIA agent. "It's accurate," Ms. Plame told The Post. Said Mr. Wilson: "For people who have short memories or don't read, this is the only way they will remember that period."

11/19/10 Scooter Libby's Bigger Picture
The Washington Times yesterday published part one of my two-part column about issues raised by the Sean Penn movie Fair Game, about events surrounding the release of the name of CIA case officer Valerie Plame Wilson. This is part two of that column. In the Washington Times article, I noted that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted entirely on the basis of differing recollections, between Libby and the late TV journalist Tim Russert, about a particular conversation the two men had related to the Wilson case. Yet it turns out that even Russert was unsure, when first interviewed by the FBI, about the substance of that conversation.

11/17/10 Scooter Libby, on the record
"Could [I] have misspoken? Yes, I am male, I'm over 50. By definition, I can misspeak."

- Ambassador Joe Wilson, in a July 18, 2004, interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"Given the incredible pace and scope of my work during that [relevant] period and the subsequent passage of time, I simply did not recall the sequence of events. ... I had completely forgotten [who had suggested a key idea]. I had forgotten [who received a call from whom]. ... I had answered all the questions truthfully, and to the best of my ability. Still, a little voice in my head was saying it felt like a setup. In retrospect, it was clear they weren't seeking information, but simply confirming their already closed conclusions."

- Former CIA case officer Valerie Plame Wilson, in her memoir "Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House."

11/15/10 Retired CIA officer: Quit saying the Valerie Plame leak was a big deal already
As you’ve probably heard, there’s a big Hollywood movie in theaters, Fair Game, purporting to tell the story of CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson’s contretemps with the Bush administration after her supposedly covert identity was leaked to the press. (Note that this is really the second movie about the Plame affair, if you count the thinly fictionalized version.)

11/10/10 'Fair Game' Glamorizes Distortions and Perpetuates Myths
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.

06/21 Scooter Libby's Application for Release Pending Appeal

06/07 Motion for Leave to File Brief as Amici Curiae and Brief of Law

05/31 Libby Brief in Opposition to Government's Guidelines Determination

05/31 Libby Sentencing Memo

11/03 Statement of Ted Wells, Attorney for Mr. Libby

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