We've all be through the many deceptions of Joseph Wilson and his CIA wife, Valerie Plame. We'd all rather not go through it again, but with the release of the completely dishonest movie "Fair Game," even The Washington Post could not resist:
In fact, "Fair Game," based on books by Mr. Wilson and his wife, is full of distortions - not to mention outright inventions. To start with the most sensational: The movie portrays Ms. Plame as having cultivated a group of Iraqi scientists and arranged for them to leave the country, and it suggests that once her cover was blown, the operation was aborted and the scientists were abandoned. This is simply false. In reality, as The Post's Walter Pincus and Richard Leiby reported, Ms. Plame did not work directly on the program, and it was not shut down because of her identification.
The movie portrays Mr. Wilson as a whistle-blower who debunked a Bush administration claim that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger. In fact, an investigation by the Senate intelligence committee found that Mr. Wilson's reporting did not affect the intelligence community's view on the matter, and an official British investigation found that President George W. Bush's statement in a State of the Union address that Britain believed that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger was well-founded.
Real whistle-blower. No one in the White House blew Plame's CIA cover as punishment for any of her husband's baseless criticisms of President Bush. Richard Armitage, a deputy secretary of state who was no Bush supporter, gave her name to columnist Robert Novak because everyone in Washington was wondering why in God's name the Bush administration's CIA sent a Democratic political hack like Wilson to Africa to ask questions about Saddam shopping for uranium. It was Plame who suggested her husband be sent, and then the CIA sent him.
Armitage was the real whistle-blower in this whole episode. He blew the whistle on a CIA employee getting her husband sent to Africa on a taxpayer-funded vacation he didn't even write a report on. You won't see that in the movie. Saddam's appeasers play all the parts in "Fair Game."
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