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Valerie Plame Wilson's red carpet blitz for "Fair Game"--- with a side of nuclear proliferation talk

Valerie Plame, right, with White House Project founder Marie C. Wilson, at the Fair Game Summit Monday. (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post)

If you had any doubts, Valerie Plame Wilson is making it clear this week: The ex-spy is more than happy with "Fair Game," the movie based on her memoir. And from Cannes to L.A., she's been getting out there more than the typical movie star to promote it.

After walking red carpets with doppelganger star Naomi Watts, Wilson kicked off the D.C. leg of the publicity campaign Monday, but with a predictably Washington twist: Instead of holing up in a Ritz-Carlton suite for a sound-bite session with journalists -- that's how the big-screen stars do it -- the unmasked former covert operative delivered the keynote at a conference on the threat of nuclear terrorism for female political activists and aspiring candidates. "As I found during my time with the CIA, there are rogue individuals out there who are running black markets selling nuclear materials and technology to the highest bidder," she told them, before calling for a total ban and lockdown on nuclear weapons worldwide.

Plame, right, with "Fair Game" star Naomi Watts at a New York screening earlier this month. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

No ordinary movie junket -- but the two-day "Fair Game Summit" is no ordinary policy conference, either, sponsored by the film's distributor and producer (Participant Media, the showbiz-activism folks behind "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Waiting for Superman"), in conjunction with the White House Project, a nonprofit dedicated to getting more women in public office. The group's founder, Marie C. Wilson, said it made sense to tie the wonk talk to popular entertainment: "Films, documentaries are where people learn."

But there will be red carpets, too: Wilson and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson are due to walk one at an AFI premiere Tuesday, one of (at least!) three screenings they'll attend in D.C. this week.

Plame told us her induction into the movie-PR biz was an accident of schedules. "Naomi Watts is filming in Thailand; Sean [Penn, who plays her husband] as we know is very engaged in Haiti. ... It is difficult for me to be in the public eye and Joe wasn't too keen on it, either, but we want the movie to be successful." She's visited the District infrequently since moving three years ago to New Mexico; she last visited in August when her late father, a retired Air Force officer, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery. "We miss our friends," she said, "but I don't envision moving back here."

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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I thought these two (Wilson and Plame) "just wanted to go back to a private life"? Guess being outed didn't really endanger her considering neither of them seem to miss an opportunity to stick their faces in front of the nearest camera.

Posted by: dbunkr | October 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure she likes the movie, as it dramatizes and promotes her version of events. This story wasn't even interesting when it was news.

Sorry, but if Plame were anything other than a spy agency paper-pusher and political shill, this may have been more interesting.

Her 15 minutes were up when she and her husband declared that lives were in danger because of the publicity surrounding the case, and then did a spread for "Vanity Fair" the next month. There wasn't a camera in Washington that her husband didn't seek out.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 19, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the event is still getting press. Considering an administration got away with falsifying reasons for a war and then outing a spy to help cover it up, this is something we should never forget.

Posted by: sarahabc | October 19, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

This movie is an important reminder of just how bad things were under the prior administration. I hope the movie is a big hit and I hope Ms. Plame Wilson continues to promote this important event.

Posted by: Observer001 | October 19, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

when they travel overseas and end up in a foreign prison and tortured for being spies...
then I'll watch the movie...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

ms. valerie is a liar and should have been charged with lying to Congress. Her husband is a proven liar. These two cretins were just political hacks for Kerry. Playing to the kooks on the left.

Posted by: somberjules | October 20, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

OK Ignorant Teabagging Freepers!
1. dbunkr: Joe Wilson wrote his op-ed in 2003 and the WH with Turdblossom committed treason by outing Ms. Plame and we will never know how many lives were comprised even fatally for their acts.
Her book came out and was vetted by the CIA so the issue of private life is ridiculous!
2. postfan1-I guess when a 4 star General and former Director of the NSA Michael Hayden testifies that plame was indeed a covert agent trying to prevent nuclear proliferation--please don't let the FACTS get in your way!
3. DwightCollins-yes, Valerie Plame was a spy-FOR US! Joe Wilson was a decorated Diplomat-the people afraid to travel overseas are 1. Dick Cheney, 2. George Bush and 3. Donald Rumsfeld and 4. Karl Rove!
4. somberjules-you may be the biggest or dumbest LIAR of all! In 1991 when Hussein sent a note to Diplomat Wilson threatening to execute anyone sheltering foreigners in Iraq, Wilson publicly repudiated the dictator by appearing at a press conference wearing a homemade noose around his neck and declaring, "If the choice is to allow American citizens to be taken hostage or to be executed, I will bring my own fucking rope." In 1991 Despite Hussein's threats, Wilson sheltered more than 100 Americans at the embassy and successfully evacuated several thousand people from Iraq. For his actions, he was called a "a true American hero" by President George H. W. Bush. Plame according to NSA Director Michael Hayden was a covert agent trying to discover and prevent nuclear proliferation in Iran.

Please for the sake of our country STOP DRINKING THE TEA!

Posted by: suec716 | October 20, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Valerie Plame is working hard for the nuclear security of our country. She was remarkably unpolitical working as a spy for the United States in controlling the spread of nuclear material. Since losing her job--and being attacked by and audited by her government because her husband wrote an article in conflict with the Bush administration--she has taken a more public position spreading her knowledge of the need for controls. She should be praised.

Posted by: wisjac | October 20, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

As a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), I believe Valerie Plame (Wilson) finally will get the truth out on November 5 when the movie "FAIR GAME" opens in movie theatres across the country. As you remember, she was the CIA NOC who had her deep cover blown by Karl Rove, Armitage, Scooter Libbey and others in the Bush White House. I encourage all to see this movie, for the IC (Intelligence Community) has already substantiated the contents as genuine and truthful. I wrote an article on the White House leak a while back (below). Hope you all go and see it.

Posted by: Robert61 | October 21, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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