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Fair Game - Movie Synopsis & Plot

As a covert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie (Naomi Watts) leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and igniting a firestorm of controversy.

Soon after, Valerie's covert status is reported by a high-profile Washington journalist. With her cover blown and her overseas contacts placed in mortal danger, Valerie is pushed to the breaking point as her career and private life collapse. After years serving the government, Valerie--a mother, a wife and a field officer with an impeccable record--now struggles to save her reputation, her career and her family.

MOVIE REVIEW

In 2003, one of the more notorious scandals of the George W. Bush administration broke into the mainstream when the Washington Post published the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. The leak suspiciously followed a New York Times article written by Plame's husband and former U.S. ambassador Joe Wilson, in which he criticized the White House for manipulating facts to make a case for invading Iraq. Wilson proceeded to lambast the government via the national media, saying the White House deliberately leaked his wife's identity as revenge for his editorial piece - and to distract from the truth.
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