Skip to comments.Naomi Watts Toughens Up For'Fair Game'[Plame-Wilson Film "Reinforces Their Patriotism"]
Posted on 11/11/2010 10:49:15 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
Minutes after Naomi Watts, movie star, arrived at the CIAs secret Virginia training center called The Farm, she was thrown to the ground in a way that left bruises.
When she cried out in pain, her instructor glared and informed her, Dont say 'ow again unless you need to go to the hospital.
During the days that followed, she was stripped of everything that cloaked her in specialness, said director Doug Liman.
The actress chose the rough treatment, Liman said.
He chose Watts to play Valerie Plame Wilson, the spy who was outed in one of the most controversial episodes of the Bush era. Plames husband, Joe Wilson, wrote a New York Times opinion piece critical of the war in Iraq. Plames identity was revealed shortly after, prompting accusations of retaliation.
(Excerpt) Read more at hamptonroads.com ...
... posing for paparazzi on the red carpet earlier this month at a film festival in Deauville, France."
The NYTimes writes:"...the so-named Plame Affair destroyed Mr. Wilson's international consulting business, wrecked her espionage career and nearly destroyed their marriage." Plame describes their marriage in her book as a "slow slide into nothingness"
The Spy Who Went Hollywood"?, but Ms. Wilson scoffs: Please, no,.. We have had just enough peek into the world of Hollywood to know that it is just not of interest to us. It really is high school with money.
Mr. Wilson described as....."pompous, self-centered, egotistical, by Karl Rove. Roves lawyer, Robert Luskin,"The movie will be a snooze;...the Wilsons are a little past their sell-by date.
"Hollywood filmmakers are famous for ignoring facts to dramatise a story in two hours or less, but Plame and her husband Joe Wilson seem happy with the condensed version of their tale of global espionage, Washington politics and White House scandal", writes the Indian Express. "The real-life couple relish the opportunity it brings to reinforce their sense of patriotism to movie audiences"
Sean Penn plays "Joe".
As I understand the story, she was never a “spy”
I think I’ll put this one on my “must miss” list.
What next, a story out of Hollywood on how the Rosenberg’s were really innocent?
I don’t wouldn’t blame them for blatantly lying in this movie. If only because that was one of the lamest political scandals in U.S. history. I hate the MSM for ever convincing me (briefly, in the beginning) that it was at all meaningful. What a waste of time, money, and effort.
Anyway, the mistake wouldn’t be to alter the facts. It’d be to make the movie at all. Because in order to stop it from being the boringest two hours of the year, you’d have to lie.
“What next, a story out of Hollywood on how the Rosenbergs were really innocent?”
Why not? They already tried to clear Oswald (directly and indirectly) several times.
She was a low to mid level analyst riding a desk and not a field agent is my understanding.
So, did they mention who was going to play Armitage?
Who’s playing that late, famous NEWSPAPER guy Robert Novak, who ratted her out, and NOT scapegoat Scooter Libby??
Feh. Another liberal rewrite of history. Refuse to spend any of my hard earned money on that crap. >:-(
Saw the preview when I went to see “RED.”
It took every bit of self-control I could muster to keep from throwing my Slurpee at the screen.
I’m pretty sure Novak’s name will ever come up in that movie.
Spy vs. lie is not a ‘Fair’ to remember
The ratter was Richard Armitage, one of Colin Powell's flunkies at State. He's the one who told Novak that Wilson's wife was CIA -- but he didn't mention her name.
Novak then looked up Wilson's wife in Who's Who and reported it.
Go check out wiki’s entry on her—apparently she was right up there with James Bond being ‘undercover’ (oooooooOOOoooo!!).
THAT movie came out in 1983, titled “Daniel” it starred Mandy Patankin and featured Tim Hutton and Amanda Plummer.
Based on “The Book of Daniel” by lefty novelist E.L. Doctorow, it was a thinly disguised fictionalized retelling of the Rosenberg story, with names and characters changed. The mom and dad were portrayed as innocent martyrs of course.
I liked that from your NYPost review link.
He also called CIA and they confirmed it. If CIA rats you out over the phone, you're not undercover.
Think any of those FACTS will show up in this ‘movie’? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
A boring bureaucrat with a boring job whom nobody in the administration cared enough about to even attempt to “out” her.
Just a democrat/media-manufactured scandal to try and screw Bush that failed.
Who would want to watch a movie about it?
I wouldn't expect this particular movie to offer much in the way of verisimilitude.
Instead, I'd expect more in the way of glaring omissions and bald lies.
The drama is Tony Kushner's Angels in America, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
Right! That is one of my disappointments about G.W. That Fitzgerald knew before grand jury hearings that Libby was not the leaker, but went ahead with show trials and press releases and convicted Libby while G.W. didn't lift a hand will color Bush 43, no matter how well he pitches (only meaningful to those who saw the perfect strike he threw, without warming up, at the World Series). That Fitz still has a job says that our U.S. attorneys, some, maybe all, are muscle for the mob. If we had a justice system in our Politburo, he would be. To knowingly prosecute an innocent man means they'll have no compunction about doing whatever they want to us.
There should be a movie about Rezko too, with popular rappers talking about “Change” outside the projects, while Valerie Jarrett, in flowing belly dance costumes passes out sweets to the deprived youngsters.
Has it always been this dirty? One of these guys goes to jail and his friends see that he is on the street with nary a word.
Wilson is old left. He grew up alternating between the mime troupe, SDS, and surfing. Pretend fantasies are his life. This was pure political agitprop. The left of the 70s never thought about the cost to shop owners when, completely ignorant about their causes, they went out to raise hell. They are middle aged now and don't care any more about ruining people's lives, knowing little more about the issues than that to belong to the party of the beautiful communists like Fonda, they need to be good soldiers.
That is a name we wont be hearing in that movie, so my guess is no one.
Actually, Joe Wilson ruined his own life...and his wife’s career by ratting her out in that NYT Oped...all to run a political hit on Dick Cheney.
He started the entire fiasco, and it spiraled out of control.
If she had not held him responsible, logic says the marriage would not have suffered on such a personal level.
What a laugh. This movie is a fake. Plame was not a spy.
I hope they inform the viewer the movie is all lies and not based on actual events except the lies.
Zackly. This whole article is a steaming pant-load. I’ll bet Watts was never thrown to the ground, bruised, glared at, or roughly-spoken to by anyone but her cabana boy. As for Wilson: “...ruined my espionage career.” *Snort!* The world now knows she was a desk-jockey. Some cover.
Holy cow. I’ve heard of thinly disguised advertising on Wikipedia but the “Valerie Plame” entry takes the cake.
Her biggest secret? Throwing her first husband over for that international man-of-mystery Joseph Wilson. I did not know that.
Or that Wilson was sent to Iraq by Bush Sr. as a way of deliberately insulting Saddam Hussein with a lowly diplomat rather than a full-fledged ambassador?
I like Naomi Watts but will not see this movie. It seems like it will be boring. Whatever you guys do don’t see Hereafter, it was also extremely BORING!!!!
Ditto. I'm going to not watch the hell out of this movie.
Unfair blame: Truth in flames in Hollywood’s Plame ‘Game’
How did Sean Penn find time to make a movie when he has so much on his plate as the new President of Haiti?
Vanity Fair magazine ‘’revealed’’ that she worked for the CIA. Betha you won’t find a copy of that issue anywhere.
Read it while its still there
Best films the two first stories in the Stieg Larsson's "trilogy" of "Girl with the Dragon-Tattoo" series in subtitles. Called on of the Best books to films made. Waiting for the third film to be released. The third is the court trial where intelligence/mafia run by a select few government insiders risk being exposed. Journalists are killed who try to investigate [timely]. Plus, the last manuscript or book 5 (more fun to write than book 4 was the understanding) uncovered by family after the writers death at 50[editor and had worked in Swedish intelligence] will be out in book form to add to the stories. If a collector of signed books released posthumously and therefore translator signed -worth a boat load of money already—that shows the importance:value of these works. Intrigue, knowledge of KGB operatives aka mafia after the fall of the "axis of evil" and the secret inner workings of the Intel/mafia within the Swedish government-the secrets that could prove to destroy gov leaders..
The films are excellent will be a Hollywood remake whereas the present casting has already sealed its failure, in my opinion, IF you have already witnessed the real art of film making and not the dumbed down version. R-Depicts violent acts against a woman.
Or that in Jan-Feb 2003, Wilson was making the lecture rounds on college campuses asserting that the US should not invade Iraq because Saddam did indeed possess WMD...and he would use them.
It was not until Wilson attended a meeting with the Kerry campaign staff in March, 2003 that he changed his story.
Joe Wilson = LIAR
Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 2003. When they met at a reception, in February 1997, it was love at first sight. She did not let anyone into the conversation, and I did not let anyone into the conversation, he says. Photograph by Jonas Karlsson
"Though Wilson was carrying out what was, in effect, a confidential mission for the CIA, he was not even required to sign a confidentiality agreement, an odd oversight for an agency usually obsessed with operational security. This preoccupation with security was especially prescient in the context of the Iraq-Niger connection, an area of interest that was protected by the highest levels of official secrecy available within the intelligence community. Perhaps, as has been suggested, some in the Agency hoped Wilson would act exactly how he eventually did: divulging his knowledge in such a biased and outrageous fashion that it would seriously damage the President, a goal that many CIA officials were obviously working towards in the lead-up to the war in Iraq.
"An additional mystery surrounding Wilsons mission was the impetus behind it. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Wilson identified an infamous set of forged documents -- provided to the British and the CIA by a dubious stringer -- as the sole basis for his trip:[snip]the forged documents would not be in the hands of the intelligence community until seven months after he had been sent to Niger, a fact which directly contradicts his public assertions. When interviewed on the matter by staffers of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 2004, Wilson admitted to being the source of a front-page June 12, 2003 Washington Post story, written by Walter Pincus, in which Wilson -- referred to as a retired American diplomat -- stated that he knew the documents were false because the dates were wrong and the names were wrong. Senate investigators reminded Wilson it was simply impossible for him to have seen the documents, considering he had never been allowed access to them. Wilson later admitted that he may have misspoken.
"Wilson could only suggest that Agency sources -- which he was unable to identify -- had given him his information."
"Wilsons brief -- which he never saw fit to write down -- actually confirmed the Niger-Iraq connection in the eyes of the CIA officers who heard it."
The Lies continue:
"Wilsons resume reveals that he possesses no background whatsoever in weapons of mass destruction. Why then, observers wondered, did the Counter-Proliferation Division (CPD) of the CIAs Directorate of Operations see fit to send him to Niger in the first place?"
"Finally, a full year after the controversy first erupted, the Senate Select Committee report provided some answers. Its findings indicated that Wilson had lied to reporters and interviewers, as his wife was shown to have played an instrumental role in procuring the assignment for her husband."
"The Senate report, which stated, it was unfortunate, considering the significant resources available to the CIA, that Wilson was the only option available.
" She told Wilson in early February that there was a crazy report that connected Iraq to the Nigers uranium mine. This sort of prefacing of intelligence by a high-ranking analyst, similar to the disbelief voiced by U.S. Ambassador Owens-Kirkpatrick, represents direct violation of the basic analytical skill-set..."
New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof, who used Wilsons leaks as the basis for his May 6, 2003 column which quoted an unnamed source as telling him, In February 2002, according to someone present at the meetings, that envoy reported to the CIA and State Department that the information was unequivocally wrong and that the documents had been forged.
"The New Republic, which on June 19 published a piece quoting a former ambassador -- Wilson -- as suggesting that the Bush administration knew the Niger story was a flat-out lie. As would be borne out in later investigations, Wilsons comments to Kristof and The New Republic were blatant falsehoods."
"Wilson finally put a name to his op-ed for the New York Times on July 7, 2003. Entitled What I Didnt Find in Africa,...
July 2004, the British government released a report on the accuracy of pre-war intelligence. Chaired by Lord Butler, formerly the Cabinet Secretary in Great Britain, the committees report was largely critical of British and American intelligence concerning Iraqs supposed WMD arsenals. On the Niger episode, however, the Butler committee stated categorically:
The British government had intelligence from several different sources indicating that this visit [a reference to the 1999 visit of Iraqi officials that even Wilson had reported] was for the purpose of acquiring uranium. Since uranium constitutes almost three-quarters of Niger's exports, the intelligence was credible....issued within days of the Butler report -- found that President Bush had been fully justified in including the intelligence in his speech.
"Wilson claimed in his 2004 book -- The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir -- to have won an award for truth-telling. He neglected to mention that the honor came (in October 2003) from the hard-left journal The Nation."
"Later that same month, Wilson publicly suggested that neo-conservatives and religious conservatives have hijacked this [Bush] administration and I consider myself on a personal mission to destroy both. He took to calling the Bush administration a radical regime".
"he lamented that he was ashamed to see that his country had turned into just another imperial power who has unleashed the dogs of war.
"Wilson soon became a fixture of the leftist media circuit, giving interviews to such outlets as AlterNet and delivering speeches at MoveOn.org gatherings. In addition, Wilson cooperated with faux documentarian Robert Greenwald in the latters Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War."
"Wilsons 27 months of hell also proved to be quite profitable, as his autobiography reaped a seven-figure sum. Moreover, he earned thousands of dollars on the speaking circuit and through media appearances">
December 3, 2005, Wilson stunned political observers with a series of statements that entirely contradicted his previous anti-war proclamations. "There was a lot of reason to be concerned about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein," he said in an interview with WABC Radio's Mark Simone. "I always thought that he probably had chemical and biological weapons and biological precursors as well."
July 5, 2005 New York Times piece, "after his tangle with the current administration, [Wilson] admits 'it will be a cold day in hell before I vote for a Republican, even for dog catcher.'" On July 16, 2007, Wilson endorsed Hillary Clinton for U.S. President.
Puts the Plame-Wilson story to bed. Wilson lied, the Brits exposed him for what he was just like they now continue to uncover those who wish to attack the United States. Without Scotland Yard and related intel resources across the pond--I don't want to think what could have been..
That first paragraph is right out of Vince Flynn’s new book: American Assassin (a fantastic book, BTW)
How about another crazy report?
Did anyone ever ask where Libya's yellowcake uranium came from?
Half of it was smuggled in from Niger and then later reported to IAEA.
Half of it was then smuggled in from Niger after that and never reported to anyone.
It seems that, in their effort to hide something that was not even controversial, the known fact that Saddam sent his team to Niger, they overlooked something rather important. That Libya was smuggling uranium from Niger. Had Plame Wilson been doing their jobs we might have picked up on this a bit sooner. As it was we had to wait for Libya to call us up and confess. No thanks to "experts" Plame & Wilson.
Which leads us to:
"..the IAEA did put the seal on 500 tons of yellowcake at AlTuwaitha. When our boys arrived, there was 488 tons of Yellowcake and 1.8 tons of enriched U stored separately."... "Perhaps fairies broke in and put 22 tons of Yellowcake into the machinery (centrifuges) to make the 1.8 tons of enriched-U?".... "Allah, if you update this post, how bout showing your readers what an actual UN/IAEA seal looks like (and also note that the seal on one set of doors was undermined by the open air shafts and the other doors left open/unsealed/unmonitored (we even have film of trucks going into and out of the sealed bunker)."....
"Im just much more interested in how 22 tons under UN/IAEA seal turned into 1.8 tons of enriched-U."
Bush was said to be "accidentally correct".