By Julie Denice Griffin
A white substance. Yellow cake. The media announces terrorists use anything they can to attack – and one woman, a C.I.A. agent is betrayed by the White House in one single illegal act of complete disloyalty. While telling friends who come to dinner parties that she works in venture capitol, she tells them her work is actually pretty boring, and does not preclude the confidential Iraq government documents shipped over to her on a wheeled cart. In between bites of something quick and edible, she tries to live slices of life with her husband. She leaves the kids with him and reminds him about social obligations for the week ahead – But, she (Val), has getting a foreign female doctor out of the country on her mind. She needs to get her to her country to spy on her brother’s bomb making activities.
October 7, 2001…
This 2010 biographical film drama is based on Valerie Plame’s memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. The game that these officials played with Valerie’s life makes a sad comment regarding a lot of those in positions of power or authority today. After all, it was the White House that showed up at her office for help. And even though the story ends in Busch presidential aid Lewis “Scooter” Libby taking the fall by conviction – It isn’t until you reach the midway mark for the viewing before you realize that our Val, a C.I.A. agent heads up uncovering and stopping underground bullies and terrorists from forming nuclear plans against the U.S.A. The one scene of the movie where her identity is first exposed – Later brings her husband, the former Ambassador to Iraq to the brink of despair. He screams out that the government lied about everything. Vanity Fair wants the story after her every mission out in the open plasters newspaper pages throughout the country. One moment, the former African minister greets him as a free man in his native language – In the meandor of a confidential apperture that suggest the building of the bomb in Iraq, her husband’s memory of Jordan pales when he finds out it was a part of his wife’s job. Later, the media recieves prompts to promote a PR lying scheme about Valerie. They say she was not an agent, but only some minor paid third string secretary.
Before it all happened, she conducted one strategic mission after the next. She masterminds the German Doctor Zippa in the 80’s with what is going on regarding the three to four times width of aluminum since 1952 controversy. The fact about this proves scientifically that what the government is telling the media is not accurate. She thinks back on the time when she was a part of all of the men accepted, and now she leans over her bathroom sink and weeps hard. “They’re your tubes, if you don’t win, you’re taking them home.” He and his wife get called traitors and government dissentors of the American government through anonymous death threat calls on their telephone and even when they try to go out and eat dinner. Joe gets so dissillusioned at one point when a cab driver from one of the countries Val sent him to wants to talk about his past pleasantly, he can’t take it. He gets out of the cab and just walks home in the rain.
A few months before, Val and her husband figured out that a sale of the size out of the two uranium mines to Hussein, unless off-the-books would have left a huge paper trail. And they know, it’s not like they forgot to put it on the books. That’s like kids forgetting Christmas, they say. The only conclusion to cover up what somebody did wrong is to say, “Therefore, it is my opinion that this sale could not have happened.”
“At Cairo, and Dr. Harper’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she recieved a request yesterday to stay home for fourty-eight hours.” “I need names of your colleagues in the weapons programs.” She has to grill him several times before he finally submits – But submit, he does. “You are?” He asks. She tells him she is just getting ready to ask him the same thing. She tells the doctor what his real name is. On her next mission, she figures out how to get inside of the weapons program in Iraq. She convinces a young female doctor who now claims America as her country to go back into her country as a spy in order to obtain information from the brother. The candid conversations represented in the movie provide a realism to Naomi Watts portrayal of this true life spy story. “We’re going to war, and your brother’s going to be right in the middle of it.”
The actors reveal the authentic outcome of the international C.I.A. incentive to uncover the making of an Iraq bomb, after the president’s head man let them know that the process may have gone on longer than they thought – And that not everybody agrees on everything. The man informs him to be big enough to let all of his little theories finally add up to the big decision he needs to make. Her husband does not know where she goes, who she meets or if she were in a lonely jail cell somewhere or dead. He says because if anything ever happens, she was never there.
“We have a rule in our house – No politics. It always ends in a scwabble. Who really knows what’s going on over there?” Hammad tells his physician sister that he has a friend in the country in security. She does her best to remember the five-hundred memorized questions the U.S. government agents programmed her with to ask him about the Iraqi weapons program. He tells her in reference to the house he lives in that her new U.S. government bombed a lot of buildings there in 1993. He also tells her the bomb program he worked at got disbanded in the 1990’s. This puzzles her. About five-hundred nuclear scientists came together, and the team he said drifted apart after that.
Later, some of the men from the C.I.A. discussed how they thought that all of the scientists deployed for information lied. But the media focussed more on that time on Ambassador Wilson’s rescue mission to rescue and bring many safely home. Val’s husband tells the press they took him to the Roosevelt Room to celebrate. It was at about this time that Saddam Hussein threatened to start executing all foreigners in his country. “I would rather kill my friends in error than allow my enemies to live.” The press here spoke of him as a monster.
Actual television footage of President Busch in the film introduces his discussed five different methods to enrich uraniam for nuclear bombs through mailed aluminum tubes. He attributes this to Hussein. Once the bombing begins, Hammad’s only hope and defense is to take his sister up on her offer to help his family escape across the border. Valerie advises her colleagues that all of these people need government protection. But the other agents ignore her, closing her off. The head agent silences the truth of her trying to save the lives of the people by telling her that her job is folded out and that is too. In short, someone in the C.I.A. leaked her information to the press to obtain the proliferation to get her out. Others wanted to exert their wrong over her because she was doing right.
A flashover in the film takes us to a deep warzone in Iraq with Ahmad trying to get out and get to Val who promised him on the phone she would help rescue his family. Busch reveals on television about the WTC and that Sudam Hussein went to Nigeria. Joe calls another agent and tells him that he’s someone who worked on the mission, warning him that the people at the top are covering the facts to protect the men at the top.
In the end, she concludes that even if they take it all away, they do not get to take her marriage… And she fights the fight of her life for it. And he concludes that democracy is not a free ride, but that where we live we must all do our job to speak out. He demands his wife speak out about the truth of all that really happened. She promises to tell the truth. Valerie Plame Wilson testifies as a covert officer for the Central Intelligence Committee – And finally lives to see the day when justice was done. “I loved my career because I love my country.”
The film won the Freedom of Expression award from the National Board of Review at the Cannes Film Festival. The major star outside of Watts include Sean Penn who starred as Joseph P. Wilson, Plame’s husband.