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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Bringing the Valerie Plame affair to the silver screen, director Doug Liman explores the abuse of power in Washington.

Mirror Image: Valerie Plame (left) is portrayed by Naomi Watts in a film about Plames life. The two women pose for pictures on the red carpet in Cannes on May 20. Valery Hache / AFP-Getty Images

Mirror Image: Valerie Plame (left) is portrayed by Naomi Watts in a film about Plame's life. The two women pose for pictures on the red carpet in Cannes on May 20. Photo: Valery Hache / AFP-Getty Images

When columnist Robert Novak unveiled Valerie Plame as a CIA undercover operative in his syndicated column in 2003, Plame reportedly confessed to a friend, “I didn’t plan for this day.” It would be safe to say that she also didn’t plan on a red-carpet world premiere for Fair Game, a film based on her story starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, at the Cannes Film Festival. Or the standing ovations both she and the film received at the gala black-tie screening on Thursday evening. “What a night!” Plame exclaimed to NEWSWEEK after the event.

And what a movie. In Fair Game, director Doug Liman bravely tackles the now well-known story of how Plame’s husband, former career diplomat Joseph Wilson, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times accusing President George W. Bush of knowingly lying in his State of the Union address about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and how, in return, White House officials leaked Plame’s true identity to the media. As MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reportedly told Wilson, Karl Rove declared, “Wilson’s wife is fair game.”