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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/23/2010

Valerie Plame flick, CIA thriller, to debut at Cannes

By Jeff Stein
Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by th...

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Talk about making lemonade from a lemon: Former undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame gets a star turn next month at the Cannes Film Festival with the debut of “Fair Game,” based on the ordeal she and diplomat husband Joe Wilson suffered from a White House campaign to discredit his role in exposing the fabrication of intelligence justifying the invasion of Iraq.

“Suffer,” of course, is relative, when you’ve been catapulted to liberal icon, pictured on the cover of Vanity Fair , written a best-selling memoir and portrayed by Australian megastar Naomi Watts in a major feature film.

Sean Penn plays her husband Wilson, who ripped the lid off a phony document used by the Bush administration to accuse Saddam Hussein of secretly buying uranium from Niger to make a nuclear bomb.

It’s the second Hollywood take on the Plame affair. But 2008’s highly fictionalized “Nothing But the Truth” focused on then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s jail stint for refusing to reveal the source of her information that Plame, an undercover CIA agent, played a role in her husband's assignment to investigate the Niger document.

Based on the Plame memoir by the same name, “Fair Game,” directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), is still searching for a distributor, according to news reports.

But according to Los Angeles Times blogger Steven Zeitchik, Summit Entertainment, “best known for distributing the films in the Kristen Stewart vampire franchise, has an offer on the table.”

Summit “got a pretty strong taste of awards glory,” Zeitchik noted Thursday, when it bought distribution rights to "The Hurt Locker," the dark-horse winner of this year’s Best Picture award.

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By Jeff Stein  | April 23, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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"written a best-selling memoir "

Are you sure about that? I don't think the publisher would agree as it was one of the most over paid for flops in 2008. I'm guessing the movie will be too.

Posted by: accentmark | April 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I would call it "suffer" since she is a patriot who apparently was proud to be working to protect America from Iranian nuclear weapons, and clearly would rather be doing such substantive work than being a celebrity. But there is a story to be told, that, in its way, should protect us if we listen: that Cheney and his ilk present a danger to American security.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | April 23, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Time and again Plame and Wilson have demonstrated that all they're interested in is non-stop, shameless self-promotion. Plenty of intelligence professionals continue to do the "substantive" work of counterterrorism despite their personal differences with (Bush or Obama) administration policy on any particular topic. Plame & Wilson simply decided that fame and the perpetual celebration of their own self-righteousness were much more appealing than that work.

Posted by: kisevalter | April 23, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

There really are better things they could be doing with their time than this. There's not an elected leader in office who wants to repeat this sort of a mistake one would hope.

Posted by: Nymous | April 23, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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