DIRECTORLiman, Doug
TITLEFair Game
DISTRIBUTORSummit Entertainment
ISBNna
DATE PUBLISHED2010
RUNNING TIME108 minutes


This feature film is based on the events surrounding the George W. Bush administration's leak to a Washington journalist that revealed Valerie Plame to be a covert officer of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The leak followed charges by Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson, that the White House manipulated intelligence data regarding the purchase of “yellow cake” uranium from Niger by Iraq in the run up to the second Gulf War. Wilson, a former ambassador to Niger, visited the country in 2002 at the request of the CIA to assess the data and concluded no purchase was made. Ambassador Wilson's attesting to that finding led to the appointment of a special prosecutor and the 2007 conviction of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, aide to U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statements. The screen play, based partially on Plame’s book Fair Game (2007), highlights the tension between the couple as the country they served, particularly the White House, turned on them. The film provides an excellent example of how politics affects the interpretation of intelligence information.


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