Fair Game (2010) Movie Script

Jessica McDowell, Gnosos Chemicals.
When do you leave Kuala Lumpur,
Miss McDowell?
I fly to Taiwan Tuesday,
then back to Dsseldorf.
Mr. Tabir is very busy this morning.
I can imagine.
Seeing as we are waiting
why don't you practice
your little pitch on me?
Actually, if it's all the same, I'll just be...
I know all of my uncle's business.
He trusts me.
Well, I'm sure you're aware
that recently your subsidiary
developed an organic, ester-based lubricant
derived from kernel oil that makes...
You are American?
Canadian, actually. I'm from Toronto.
A Maple Leaf fan?
No, not really.
You must be the only person from Toronto
who's not a hockey fan.
Oh, I'm a fan.
Dad's from Vancouver so I'm a Canuck.
Between us, the Maple Leafs suck.
They should never have signed Mark Bell.
Guy's a liability on and off the ice.
So, who's your team?
I don't like hockey.
Unfortunately, Mr. Tabir
has no window this morning.
He extends an invitation
to a private reception at his residence.
Well, if that's okay. I don't want to intrude.
Come to the party.
Why are we stopping?
Miss McDowell,
my uncle believes
trust is something you earn.
He doesn't trust people
until he knows them very, very well.
But he trusts you, Hafiz.
How do you know my name?
Your car was swept an hour ago.
Do not get out.
If you get out of this car, I can't protect you.
- Who are you?
- Let go of my arm.
- Who are you?
- Now!
Your uncle's in business
with Abu Domar Khan.
Khan has made contact
with a terror organization
via an aid agency in Pakistan.
They're seeking materials
to build a weapon.
- That's bullshit.
- We need information about your uncle.
Contacts. Shipments.
If you help us, we help you.
If you don't, your brother dies.
And tomorrow you're sitting
next to your uncle in a cell in Thailand
and it won't be me asking the questions.
- No. No, you can't help him.
- We can help him, Hafiz.
Listen to me,
because I promise you one thing.
Right now you have no idea
what we can and cannot do.
You'll get a call at 8:00 a. m.
You'll be asked if you need a cleaner.
You want her to come three mornings
per week, do you understand?
I said, do you understand?
Tonight I want to take a few minutes
to discuss a great threat to peace,
and America's determination
to lead the world in confronting that threat.
The decision has been made to increase
the threat condition designation
currently classified at Elevated Risk
to increase that threat condition
designation to the High Risk category.
9/11 and its aftermath
awakened this nation to danger.
To the true ambitions
of the global terror network.
The state police are investigating
an Anthrax scare.
Threatening letters with a white substance.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission
has placed the nation's nuclear plants
on their highest level of security.
A terrorist attack is now highly likely.
What do we know after September 11th?
We know these terrorist networks
will use any means they can
to cause maximum death and destruction.
And we will take whatever action
is necessary
to defend our freedom and our security.
America strikes back.
Afghanistan is pounded
with bombs and missiles
from the air and from sea.
American-led military attacks
against targets throughout Afghanistan
continue tonight.
He couldn't slow down for, like, 400 yards.
And yet, I'm incredible in bed.
They are targeting
both Osama bin Laden's training camps
and Taliban military.
Listen, Steven and I are not gonna go
on the same plane together.
We're not even
going to take a train together.
We took the train to your mom's.
It only takes one
to fly into a nuclear power plant.
- One.
A sarin attack on Disneyworld.
Yeah, but whatever they're telling us,
we're totally vulnerable.
I mean, who is protecting us?
Would you risk taking your kids
to Disneyworld right now?
- Would you do that?
- Absolutely not.
I'd be terrified of exposing my children
to what adds up to a clearinghouse
for crap merchandise
and disappointing rides.
Joe thinks Disneyworld is Vegas for kids.
So, Valerie, what do you do?
I work in venture capital.
Brewster Jennings, here in Georgetown.
Oh, cool. Like Net start-ups?
- Exactly. Retail consumer.
We create pooled investment vehicles.
It's actually pretty boring.
You get on a plane.
Two guys in turbans, seats 1A, 1 B.
And they look nervous
and they're sweating, they're sweaty
and they're saying prayers.
What do you do?
Steve, you have a kid, right?
You're off that plane.
You're calling the cops.
If we're honest, we all are.
Joe? You know you are.
Come on, you see these two guys
on a plane. Turbans.
Sweating. Prayers. The whole thing.
What do you say? What's the call?
Well, Jeff.
He started it.
Yeah, every time. Every time we go out.
He asked me a question.
I gave a full and considered response.
He was drunk, Joe.
Everybody's had a hard day.
They're just trying to let off steam.
By invoking quasi-racist conundra?
He's a parent.
Is he teaching his four-year-old
to fear all men in turbans?
It's Diana's birthday.
Jeff's her oldest friend.
- So?
- So you can't call him a racist pussy.
It's not funny, Joe.
It's not funny. It's a very serious subject.
And if by not keeping quiet while someone
spouts obnoxious crap
makes you an asshole, then I'm an asshole.
You knew that when you married me.
How was your trip?
No! Oh, God.
Hey, you cheated.
No, I didn't! It's a tie.
Valerie, where's Kim?
She can't get here
until after lunch. Didn't I tell you?
Okay. I guess I'll be working at home
this morning.
Is that okay?
Yeah. Me and Spongebob got it.
Break it up. Trevor, don't hit your sister.
Listen, the Mitchells want to have dinner
on Tuesday.
But if you want to skip it...
I promise I'll behave.
I promise to behave.
See, everyone's on their best behavior.
I love you.
I'll see you.
- Bye.
Say, "Bye, Mommy. "
- Bye, Mom.
Do you guys
want to watch some television?
- Yeah.
- Yeah.
tracks and thwarts nuclear
and WMD acquisitions
by rogue nations and non-state actors.
We're the fastest-growing division
within the Agency.
Which sounds cool,
but you may have to share a desk.
Hafiz hired a cleaner.
Gotta go. Kuala Lumpur just went live.
- What time did he call this in?
- 1100 hours Zulu time.
Keep the transaction live.
Trace it all the way to the end user.
The shipment arrives in Joburg on the 21st.
It's put in an unmarked container
and shipped to the Jebel free-trade zone
in Dubai.
Here. Dr. Jonas and his team at Los Alamos
have altered the impedance timings of the
spark gaps by a fraction of a nanosecond.
Val, Chief wants to see you.
Shut it down.
Why? We have everything.
We're ready to go.
We have actual intel on the buyer.
Sargin Vaziri, Syrian national
based out of Karachi.
On a wire picked up in Cairo
he talks about nuclear componentry
from a known source in Pakistan.
He's moving to an unnamed Gulf state.
Could it be Iraq?
Vaziri's devoutly Shia.
Iraq's controlled by Sunnis. Saddam's
Sunni. There's no way this is Iraq.
Seventh Floor issued a directive
for a joint task force on Iraq.
I want you to head up operations.
- Congratulations, Valerie.
- Thank you.
You can pick your own team.
This is top priority.
I need 24 hours
to brief my replacement.
From Monday,
I need your both eyes on Iraq.
Yes, sir.
This is coming from across the river.
Down the line, DFU.
Don't fuck up.
You can put it there.
Don't you have a home to go to?
I thought this went away.
The DIA released the report Tuesday.
WINPAC aren't buying
and State kicked it back,
but it's still making waves
in the Vice President's office.
You think Joe could do it?
Well, he's qualified.
He's been there hundreds of times.
He knows the arena inside out.
Great. Could you put his credentials
in a memo?
I want to kick it up the ladder.
You don't look overjoyed.
Joe's been working hard
to build his business.
Then there's the twins.
Money's kind of tight right now.
He's helped us before.
Could you just ask him to come in?
Hey, Joe?
Hey. Nice place you got here. Cozy.
I need to get you cleared.
You work in the basement?
Actually, I work in Georgetown
at Brewster Jennings.
We're a small firm of venture capitalists.
Well, that must be interesting work.
It pays the rent.
Come in.
Joe, this is Jack.
- Hi, Joe Wilson.
- Deputy Chief of CPD.
It's a pleasure, Ambassador.
- Hi, Joe Wilson.
- Ambassador.
- I'll leave you guys to it.
- Joe Wilson.
Good morning, Ambassador.
How are you?
Joe Wilson. Hello. Joe Wilson. Hi.
Have a seat.
Can I get you something to drink?
Coffee would be great. Thank you.
How do you like it?
Just black, thanks.
Ambassador Wilson,
what do you know about yellowcake?
- Yellowcake uranium?
- Mmm-hmm.
I believe it's a concentrate
made from uranium ore
that's used in the fissile material
for weapons programs.
But I'm not a scientist.
- Thank you.
- What about Niger?
I usually pronounce it Niger
to avoid confusion with Nigeria.
The UN Human Development Index rates it
the least-livable country in the world.
I started my foreign service there.
I visited many times
as Ambassador to Gabon.
And then again as Director of Africa Policy
for President Clinton
with the NSC.
I've often met with Prime Minister Mayaki.
I know the former Foreign Minister,
I know the Minister of Mines.
I know the country very well.
The office of the Vice President
has received a report
concerning a memorandum of sale
between the governments of Niger and Iraq
for the purchase of 500 tons
of yellowcake uranium ore.
I don't have to tell you
how serious this allegation is.
No, sir, you don't.
This is a request
from the Vice President's office.
Can you help us?
What do you have in mind?
How can Niger help its old friend America?
In the summer of 2001, Iraq sought
to purchase 60,000 high-alloy
manufactured in China.
The high spec of these tubes
led us to conclude
that they were intended
for the enrichment of uranium
and as such provide proof
that Saddam is building a nuclear bomb.
In August of 2001, Jay Turner, that's me,
flew to Vienna to meet
with the IAEA scientists.
I produced this report,
aspects of which represent
the CIA's present position.
I'm happy to take questions.
The INR concluded late last year that
these tubes are probably for artillery use.
The DOE agreed they exactly matched
those used by Iraq for artillery rockets.
Where are the tubes?
WINPAC has them.
We've examined them.
And this is my point.
None of you guys have even seen the tubes.
I've seen them.
And when was that?
When I led the covert team
that intercepted them in Jordan,
brought back samples,
and delivered them to you guys at WINPAC.
And I take it you're not a nuclear expert.
These tubes are a match
for those designed by German scientist
Gernot Zippe in the '50s.
You're right. I'm no nuclear expert
but Dr. Houston Wood at
the University of Virginia Atomic Facility is.
He also knows Dr. Zippe and he told him
that the wall thickness of the Iraqi tubes
was 3 or 4 times the thickness
of his design.
Right, and he also said that the length
of the tubes is twice that of Zippe's design.
In fact, he said that the only thing
that was similar
between his tubes and the aluminum tubes
was that they were both made of aluminum.
A metal that hasn't been used
in gas centrifuges since 1952.
I went to Vienna. Okay? Canada.
And I've been working on this for months.
There are centrifuges. Fact.
So, basically, they're your tubes
and if we don't let you win,
you're taking them home.
That's pathetic.
Joe, no one's saying you're wrong here,
but if you're right, it's huge,
so, we ask the question.
Right? We have to ask the question.
Niger has two uranium mines
in the Sahara desert.
One is flooded.
The other is run by COGEMA,
a French subsidiary
jointly controlled
by the Japanese and Germans.
Five hundred tons of yellowcake
is not an off-the-books size transaction.
It represents a 40% production increase
in the nation's annual output of uranium.
A sale that size
would leave a huge paper trail.
Any documentation would, by law,
have to be signed by the Prime Minister,
Foreign Minister, and the Minister of Mines.
But say it was an off-the-books deal.
How do you hide the transportation
of 500 tons of anything,
let alone lightly-refined uranium?
You're talking 50 semi-tractor trucks
on one road through villages
where nothing passed for months
except maybe one bush taxi.
It would be the biggest event for months.
To say they forgot
is like kids forgetting Christmas.
You have the droughts of the '70s and '80s
which brought millions of dollars
in US aid which continues today.
It doesn't make any sense that the Nigerians
would compromise that lifeline.
For that reason and for all the reasons
that I've been telling you,
it is my opinion that this sale
could not have happened.
So, what happens next?
Well, they write a report,
give it to the analysts.
It will be rewritten, then kicked upstairs
and combined with other reports they get.
I just think it's ludicrous that they're gonna
send somebody all the way over there
and spend all that money
for the same conclusion.
You can't compile intelligence
from a single source.
That's not intelligence. That's an opinion.
Trust me. It's a fact.
- Says who?
- Says me.
You're just a teeny-weeny tiny cog
in a giant machine.
You did your job. You should feel good.
They count on that.
That's why they don't pay you.
I'm not feeling very 007-ish.
Maybe I can get the kids
to make a medal for you.
Us 00s prefer gratuitous sex.
Maybe I can do something about that.
Angola's holding another round of bidding
on their deep-water offshore blocks
at the end of the year.
Chevron, Elf, and Exxon are interested.
- She did it!
- No, I didn't!
Okay. Everybody okay?
Four arms, four legs. No broken bones.
Hey, kids.
Mr. Wilson, I'm so sorry I'm late.
- That's fine. Look, guys, Kim's here.
When's Mommy coming home?
PROFESSOR BADAWl: It's an honor
to meet you at last, Dr. Harper.
I was unable to attend
your string gravity seminar at MI
but I read a transcript.
Did you read my latest paper on quarks?
Dr. Harper, I cite your 1995 essay
more than once.
Dr. Harper's in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She received a call yesterday
requesting she stay home for 48 hours.
I don't understand.
Who are you?
I'm sorry for misleading you
but I'm here to ask you the same question,
because you're not Professor Badawi.
Your name is Dr. Harif Al Fallari.
You were born in Basra.
You were lead engineer
at the Osirak nuclear facility
until you fled Iraq and arrived here,
in Cairo.
I need names of your colleagues
in the weapons programs.
The lives of hundreds of thousands
of your people may depend upon it.
This is absurd.
You were never tortured? Broken?
You didn't finally escape
and arrive here in Cairo with nothing?
No. My name is Bakkar Abdel Badawi.
I've never been to Basra. I'm a teacher.
Dr. Fallari had two daughters.
They were taken by Uday Hussein's
private guard.
They were never seen again.
I need names of your colleagues
in the weapons programs.
Why is the OVP here?
The Vice President's men are here.
My name is Scooter Libby.
I am the Chief of Staff to the Vice President.
You are?
Dave. I'm an analyst in Non-Proliferation.
What can you tell the Vice President
about aluminum tubes?
I didn't realize that was
what we were gonna be talking about here.
Relax, will you?
The Veep's just dotting the I's.
Come on, Jim.
The only time the Vice President
comes to Langley is to cut a ribbon.
Cheney doesn't trust us.
This shit with Dick goes back 30 years.
It will blow over.
Hey, Val, where are we on Iraq?
We need to find sources
that we can rely on.
We need to get in close.
Jim, Val thinks she can get us
inside the weapons program.
In three weeks
you have to come back again, okay?
Thank you for everything.
Sorry, there's nothing I can do.
God bless.
Come on.
I said, come on!
Dr. Hassan,
is there somewhere we could talk?
How long is it since you saw your brother?
Before that, in '83, he came here
for an engineering conference.
Twice in 25 years.
We try to stay in contact. It's difficult.
Would you like to go back and see him?
You want me to become a spy?
We need to ask Hammad some questions.
- Do you think he'd answer...
- I am a doctor. I work hard.
I'm also a mother.
I have a small daughter and I'm all she has.
We could help your brother.
Right now he's extremely valuable to us.
And to Saddam.
The Mukhabarat watch him night and day.
He could come here.
He's an expert physicist. He'd have a job.
His children, his family would be safe.
You, your daughter could see him
whenever you want.
Can you help us?
I will not do anything to help you.
I don't know you.
If you care about Iraq, about your country...
My country is America now.
- Trust me, if there was another way...
- I don't trust you.
I don't trust you at all.
We're going to war. And your brother's
gonna be right in the middle of it.
If the Iraqi regime wishes peace
it will immediately
and unconditionally forswear,
disclose and remove or destroy
all weapons of mass destruction.
- Come in.
- They're back.
If Iraq's regime defies us again,
the world must move deliberately
and decisively to hold Iraq to account.
Don't make jokes.
He thinks I don't understand
how serious it is?
Weeks and weeks of 15-hour days.
We've been back over this and over this.
All right, that's it. I'm going to handle this.
We've been over this data with you
five, six times now.
And we don't know
how you want us to play this.
Let me level with you here, Paul.
I don't know what these tubes are for.
There could be something to this,
from everything you're saying
- but very likely not, right?
- Exactly.
Let me ask a question.
When you say,
"We don't really know how to play this,"
what do you mean?
I mean to say that I don't know
how to say it any other way...
You didn't say "I," you said "we. "
So, you and the others had discussed
how to play these briefings.
Why does the CIA
feel the need to play these briefings?
No, what I mean is,
I didn't mean what I just said.
Which part? The last part?
Or other things, too?
I'm sorry. I'm getting a little confused.
- Do you want me to come back?
- No. God, no.
- You don't know why I'm here, do you?
- No.
In 1991, the United States invaded Iraq,
and afterwards weapons inspectors
discovered Saddam was six months off
enriching uranium
to sufficiently high specifications
to make a nuclear bomb.
He had fissile material.
Not a single person in the CIA
had the slightest clue
that such a program even existed.
So, now, one decade on are you telling me
that you're 100% sure these tubes are not
intended to create nuclear weapons?
One point about intelligence,
nothing is 100%.
So, what, are you 99% sure? 98%?
I'm saying that you can't
put an exact figure on it.
- I'm saying that...
- But if you had to say?
You cannot be that precise.
Could you say you're 97% sure?
Is there a 3% chance you've got this wrong?
Or four or five?
Still pretty good odds.
Do you like those odds, Paul?
Are you willing to put your name to that?
Ready to make that call?
- I don't make that call, sir.
- Yes, you do, Paul.
Each time you interpret a piece of data.
Each time you choose
a maybe over a perhaps
you make a call, a decision.
Right now you're making a lot of little
decisions adding up to a big decision.
But what if there's only
a 1% chance that you're wrong?
Can you say for sure
that you'll take that chance
and state as a fact
that this equipment is not intended
for a nuclear weapons program?
Do you know what 1% of the population
of this country is?
It's 3,240,000 souls.
Okay, sir. Look, we're not machines.
We look at the evidence. We game it out.
And believe it or not, not everybody agrees
all the time.
- It's a process.
- It's a process.
- Yes.
- And not everyone agrees.
Who doesn't agree?
What the hell is Joe Turner
doing next to the DCI?
Didn't you hear? On Friday,
the DCI took him to the White House.
He briefed the President
on aluminum tubes.
You've got to be kidding me.
That guy's a tool.
Ready! Aim! Fire!
It's a dead end.
So, you got a list of Iraqi scientists.
How do you suggest we get to them?
The Mukhabarat watch the scientists
night and day.
Their houses are bugged,
their friends are followed.
Send in
a team of NOCs by taxi from the north.
Say you get through the checkpoints
and roadblocks.
If you showed up in my bedroom
in the dead of night
asking me to help out Uncle Sam,
I'm going to react unpredictably.
Given the theater, it's all too high-risk.
Even if we get to them,
they won't come out alone.
They'll want to bring their family,
their children, their kids.
We'll get down south to Basra,
we'll ask for Jordan's help.
Give me two months.
I'll give you two or three.
No, I have 29 names.
I need to get to them all.
The wall's too high, Val.
What do you want to do, train a mouse?
Hey. Did I wake you?
It's 3:45 in the morning.
I got to be at the airport in 45 minutes.
How long this time?
Do we need childcare tomorrow?
I left it on a Post-it.
Of course. It's on the Post-it.
Look, I didn't want to wake you.
All we've been doing is leaving Post-its
for each other for months.
The fridge is like a dead letter drop.
I sound like some old... God.
I don't know where you go.
I don't know who you meet.
I don't know if you're in jail somewhere
or in a ditch somewhere in Jordan, Beirut.
If you went missing, I couldn't tell anybody
because you were never there.
I don't know where you go.
I'm going to Cleveland.
It's on the Post-it.
Have a good day.
You have two of these
in your luggage.
This is the only pen we want you to use.
The ink on this pen
is visible for 10 seconds.
Only when given the correct
chemical fixative can it be read.
If the Mukhabarat see any of this they will
do things to me that you cannot imagine.
Tell me what you need to know.
I will memorize it.
We have 50 very specific questions,
some extremely technical.
You have 206 bones in your body.
Do you want their names
in English, Latin or Arabic?
How do you feel?
If anyone stops you,
anyone asks you anything,
stay calm. You're just visiting your brother.
Keep it simple.
How do you do it?
Lie to someone to their face?
You have to know why you're lying
and never forget the truth.
ALl: It's time.
Are you ready?
Welcome to Queen Alia
International Airport.
The Mukhabarat is watching the flight desk
on this side.
Based on what you know right now,
how close
is Saddam Hussein's government...
How close is that government
to developing a nuclear capability?
You'll get different estimates
about precisely how close he is.
We do know that there have been shipments
going into Iraq, for instance,
of aluminum tubes
that really are only suited
for nuclear weapons programs,
centrifuge programs.
There will always be some uncertainty
about how quickly
he can acquire nuclear weapons.
But we don't want the smoking gun
to be a mushroom cloud.
It's a coordinated leak.
Someone in the O VP leaked a story
to The New York Times.
Now they're all across the networks
quoting the leak.
"Smoking gun?" "Mushroom Cloud?"
They're using the same words.
It's a coordinated leak.
I'm coming home.
We have been able to intercept
and prevent him
from acquiring
through this particular channel
the kinds of tubes
that are necessary to build a centrifuge.
I always close the door,
I always roll up the window.
Yeah, but you can smell it.
What would you have me do, roll up a towel
and hide in the room
like a teenager smoking?
Or sandbag my study?
- Just go out on the deck.
- It's minus 10 degrees outside.
Steve, help me.
You're missing the whole point. A cigar,
you want the Winston Churchill vibe,
the slippers, the crackling fire.
Or musty books, like a faithful dog.
You don't want to be outside
in a goose down freezing your balls off
alone in the dark.
So, don't think Churchill.
Think Scott of the Antarctic.
I quit.
Can I ask a dumb question?
What is an aluminum tube?
It's a centrifuge. It enriches uranium.
Nobody knows.
They do know what they're for. Come on.
Have you read about this, Valerie?
Oh, I was away last week on business.
Basically, Saddam bought these tubes
and we nailed him.
We have them
and they're packed with uranium.
They're packed with uranium?
They're packed with uranium!
My expert husband.
Okay, right. So, they're for purifying,
but the bomb comes later.
Basically, you boil it up
and you make the big one. Right?
No, says who? It's a bunch of tubes, Jeff.
Everything you read!
The New York Times. You're right.
Joe, you know about this stuff.
What's your hunch on this?
I don't know anything about tubes.
I'm not qualified.
I think...
It's a pretext! 50% of Americans
think Saddam blew up the towers.
Yeah, but you can't say
he's not a threat!
I agree!
Saddam's not a threat!
Nobody's saying that.
If we got rid of Hitler in the '30s...
He's not Hitler! I'm sorry, he's not Hitler.
He's Saddam.
We put him there. Why? It suited us!
He's our fault, always was. He's not a threat!
Have you met him, Fred?
Have you met Saddam?
Has Saddam looked you in the eye
and threatened you?
Has he threatened to kill you?
You don't know what you're talking about.
All right.
- I think that's probably true.
I'm guilty of part of that.
Dessert? Coffee? Any takers?
It was delicious.
I do think he had a point.
He's making a separate point.
Obviously, this needs to go elsewhere.
We have a rule in our house.
No politics at the table.
It always ends in a squabble.
Nobody knows what's going on over there.
At the end of the day, who really knows?
That's right, Sue. Who knows?
They have given me questions for you.
What questions?
How close is your program to a warhead?
When and where is the first test scheduled?
How much 235-grade uranium do you have?
Identify other scientists of the program.
Who in the military controls the program?
Which of the... Which...
What is it?
- They don't know?
- What, Hammad?
The program was completely destroyed
in the '90s.
The Americans destroyed it.
They know this.
What else?
How advanced is the centrifuge facility?
Which method are you using
to separate fissile isotopes?
This is insane.
We don't have the spare parts
to keep a tank on the road.
I have to work at a plant
which develops fertilizer. They know.
They know this. They must know.
You need to see this.
We need to get Jack to see this, and Bill.
Ambassador Wilson
was the last American official
to meet with Saddam Hussein.
It was 1990, and it was a pretty scary time.
Saddam threatened
that he was going to execute
anybody sheltering
people he called foreigners.
Ambassador Wilson
called a press conference
and appeared with a noose around his neck.
And he said, the press reports,
"If the choice is to allow Americans
to be taken as hostages
"or to be executed,
I'll bring my own fucking rope. "
Saddam backed down
and Ambassador Wilson
helped thousands get safely home.
When he himself came home
to the United States
he was warmly greeted by our President,
who took him to the Oval Office
and introduced him to the War Cabinet
as an American hero.
That's not quite right. It was
the Roosevelt Room, not the Oval Office.
In the middle, please?
Does Saddam pose an imminent threat
to national security?
Zahraa's brother worked with
In '91 it was blanket-bombed by B-52's.
Hussein Kamel kept the scientists together,
threatening to kill them
if they tried to leave.
But sanctions destroyed the economy.
And when Kamel was executed in '95,
the team just drifted apart.
They're all saying the same thing. Everyone.
There's no weapons program.
You've got 30 nuclear scientists
interrogated by Iraqis in Iraq
all saying the same thing.
Jim, these people took a great risk.
To bring us what?
I could have saved us the airfare.
The White House is getting stove-piped.
Someone is cherry-picking raw data
and serving it up to the press as fact.
Then they look to us to confirm it.
It's bullshit.
One of Saddam's ministers asked him
why he had executed a certain official
who'd been a loyal supporter.
Saddam said,
"I would rather kill my friends in error
"than to allow my enemies to live. "
For me, that's the mark of a monster.
Vice President Cheney,
members of Congress,
distinguished citizens and fellow citizens.
Every year, by law and by custom
we meet here
to consider the state of the Union.
- Thank you so much.
- You're welcome.
Wait, we'd like you to have this coffee mug
- and some pennants for your kids.
- Thank you.
Thank you so much for coming
and speaking to us.
Drive safe out there.
...the gravest danger in the War on Terror.
The gravest danger
facing America and the world.
I'll have a black eye to go, please.
What's that?
Two shots of espresso in coffee.
Black coffee.
US Intelligence indicates Saddam Hussein
has upwards of 30,000 munitions capable
- of delivering chemical agents.
- Thank you.
From three Iraqi defectors
we know that Iraq in the late 1990s
had several mobile
biological weapons labs.
Saddam Hussein had an advanced
nuclear weapons development program,
had a design for a nuclear weapon,
and was working on five different methods
of enriching uranium for a bomb.
The British government has learned
that Saddam Hussein
recently sought significant quantities
of uranium from Africa.
Our intelligence sources tell us
that he has attempted to purchase
high-strength aluminum tubes
suitable for nuclear weapons production.
This nation fights reluctantly
because we know the cost.
We dread the days of mourning
that always come.
We seek peace.
We strive for peace.
And sometimes peace must be defended.
In Baghdad,
42 cruise missiles and bunker buster bombs
from F-117's
were aimed at Iraq's leaders.
...campaign called Shock and Awe.
He vowed the US
will accept no outcome but victory.
For approximately five to eight minutes.
Bill? Wait up.
Every team is combing the desert
looking for WMDs.
Look, all I need is a couple...
We don't have the resources, Val!
- To get these families...
- Listen to me!
Will you listen to me?
Let's say we extract these guys.
We bring them home and put them on CNN.
What do you think they're going to tell us
that the White House wants to hear? Huh?
"Thank you, and by the way,
there was no nuclear program.
"There is no WMD. P.S. You all knew that. "
Think about it.
Do you want me to go to the DCI
and ask him to sign off on his own funeral?
Bill, I gave my word.
That's not my problem.
I got bigger problems.
It's like if there was a baby
on the ledge up on 7th.
No one would get up and save it
in case the White House wanted it there.
Bill's right. This is just one snafu in 1,000
that we have right now.
- These scientists are not our...
- These scientists are the WMD.
If we can't protect them, they'll run straight
to the first country who can
and they'll put them to work.
I never said this.
If anyone ever asks I'll deny all knowledge.
How quietly can you do this?
I need to know my family will be safe.
My wife, my children, we're all in danger.
Hammad, I know that.
We'll take care of your family
but we have to move fast, okay?
How do I know I can trust you?
Hammad, listen to me, do exactly as I say.
We won't let you down.
The US Military has reported
the death of another five US soldiers
on Wednesday.
One soldier died after being struck
by a bomb while on foot patrol.
Reported killed across the country.
Official Iraqi figures show that 966...
The British government has learned
that Saddam Hussein...
...significant quantities of uranium
from Africa.
The British government has learned
that Saddam Hussein
recently sought significant quantities
of uranium from Africa.
Listen, Pete, I want to ask you
something. It's very important.
Is it possible that the President is referring
to another African country, not Niger?
I've seen the INR. It's Niger.
He's referring specifically
to yellowcake from Niger. Why?
I'm the source. I went to Niger. It's wrong.
It's not true.
I see.
What exactly are you proposing to do?
I don't know what I'm gonna do.
Do you want my advice?
Do nothing. You already did your job.
You did your best, you came home.
End of story.
We're talking about Niger.
Yellowcake from Niger.
I don't have to go all the way to Africa
to know something's messed up here.
Three months and what have we found?
No centrifuges, no yellowcake,
no bio, no WMDs.
You think something's up, here?
Join the line.
It stretches all the way from State
to the Pentagon and back.
Why hasn't anybody stepped forward?
Why do you think, Joe?
We went to war.
Listen, as your friend now,
just be smart.
You have a wife and a family.
We're talking
about the President of the United States.
The White House.
Go take a long look in the mirror
and say that again.
What's wrong?
I'm just tired.
Are the kids asleep?
Yeah, they're asleep.
Okay, good.
I'm gonna go up.
There are some who feel like
the conditions are such
that they can attack us there.
My answer is, bring them on.
We've got the force necessary
to deal with the security situation.
There's zero, nada, nothing new here.
I think the President's statement
at the State of the Union
goes much broader than the Niger question.
Is the President's statement correct?
I see nothing that goes broader
that would indicate there was no basis
for the President's broader statement.
But, specifically on the yellowcake
from Niger,
we have acknowledged that that did in fact
turn out to be a forgery.
Oh, shit.
I'm sorry?
The British report.
Mark, clear my morning.
It was wrong, then?
Let me do this, David.
On David's specific question.
I'm going to come back to you on that.
Fleischer plowed the briefing.
I saw.
CBS knows yellowcake was pulled
from Cincinnati 10 weeks ago.
At the CIA's request.
They also had
that Gerson wrote both speeches.
Karl is looking for you. He's unhappy.
I want a transcript of everything across
network, blogs, and print citing
Ambassador Wilson, Niger or yellowcake.
Tell Karl I'll be in my office
straight after I'm done.
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals...
This has become a trust issue
for the President.
We can't get behind on this.
A Democratic-led Senate
Judiciary committee...
We need to change the story.
Who is Joe Wilson?
A new controversy over re-targeting
some of America's nuclear weapons.
There will be more
at the President's press conference.
If someone works at the CIA
and they sent their spouse on a trip,
would there be a paper trail?
Any such request would require approval
from the chain of command.
From the requestor
right up to the Director of Operations.
Yes, paperwork
would normally be generated.
Does the President
have the power to declassify information?
"'The CIA's decision to send
retired diplomat Joseph C. Wilson... "
Further down.
"Wilson never worked for the CIA
but his wife... "
"Is an agency operative
on weapons of mass destruction. "
He just went ahead and did it.
Does this run overseas?
It's in the newspaper, Valerie.
It's on the news.
Novak's column. Is he syndicated overseas?
It's everywhere.
Jessica McDowell.
Maureen McDermont.
- I just flew in from Scotland.
Valerie, what do you do?
I work in venture capital.
Grace Semel. Sigma Chemicals.
Paris, Milan, Vienna.
Who are you?
We need a matrix of everyone
you've come into contact with
- in a covert capacity.
- I've already started a list.
Good. We need to get an idea, fast,
of how much this thing bleeds.
Sir, I have several live-ops at crucial stages.
People in the field
- in critical windows of operation.
- One thing at a time.
Make a list, then come back here.
Don't do anything else.
Why is Internal Security here?
To help you and us
conduct this damage assessment.
Ms. Plame? We're going this way.
The restroom.
Ms. Plame?
Ms. Plame?
Ms. Plame?
Val? Val!
Jack, I've got to get a message to Baghdad.
I've got 15 scientists being taken
to the border today.
I have to get word to them.
I don't know what you're talking about.
Jack, they're packed and ready to go.
You know what this means.
- Sorry. I've got to go.
Ms. Plame.
Val, can I see you for a minute?
Take a walk.
As of this morning,
all CPD operations involving you
have been suspended.
Effective immediately,
you're to have no further contact
with assets or agents in the field.
Any further involvement in operations
is no longer possible.
Bill, I have eight, nine teams in the field.
We have assets
in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Dubai.
I need to brief my replacement
in the Joint Task Force.
The head of the JTFI's identity is classified
- for reasons of operational security.
- I have a critical operation
- in Baghdad in a major...
- Val, I'm sorry.
It's over.
You were a good officer,
but it's over.
"Two senior administration officials told me
"that Wilson's wife
suggested sending him to Niger
"to investigate the Italian report. "
This comes from the Vice President,
the Chief of Staff, or a top advisor.
I got to go.
Look at my picture.
- I will.
Trevor won't let me
borrow his Power Ranger.
- Mommy!
Did you say please?
- I said please!
- There's a 1982 act
that says it's a crime
for a government official
to knowingly disclose a covert agent.
It comes with a $50,000 fine
andlor up to 10 years in jail.
- Don't answer the phone, honey.
- It's been ringing all day.
Do not... Who have you spoken... Joe?
- Please don't. Joe, Joe...
- She is. Hello?
- I'm sorry, honey. Are you okay?
- She's right here.
It's Lisa.
- Hello?
- Valerie, your name is in the paper.
It says you're a CIA agent.
Look, I can't talk right now.
- Well, I can't make a comment.
Look, I'm going
to call you back tomorrow, okay?
I'm really sorry.
- Oh, my God.
- Shit.
It's got to be true.
Your mom called.
Your uncle. Janey in Chicago.
I wrote it down there for you.
And Andrea Mitchell called.
She said White House sources say
the real story is not the 16 words,
but Joe Wilson and his wife.
Did I care to comment?
Well, I damn well do care to comment,
and she's asked me on the show
the day after tomorrow.
You're not going on TV, Joe.
Thank you.
This was clearly designed
as a shot across the bow
for those who might step forward,
those unnamed analysts who said
that pressure was put on them
by the White House, for example,
would think twice about having
their own family's name
dragged through this particular mud.
I didn't prepare for this moment.
I had no plan for this day.
When did you join?
'85, straight out of college.
- Wow, that's...
- Eighteen years.
So, did they find you, or...
No, I approached them.
And did Joe know?
Your parents?
Yes, but that's all.
So, do you have lovers all over the world?
Do you have a gun?
Have you killed people?
I can't. I...
I can't tell you anything.
You can't tell me anything.
Okay. All right.
So, do you want to go shopping?
- See a movie? Mani-pedi?
- Diana.
Hi, Mom.
Did your wife send you to Niger?
I was not sent by my wife,
but the issue is not who sent me,
it's whether or not a crime was committed.
I'm going to get it!
I'm going to get it! I got it!
Your husband is a communist.
I hope you die, you commie whore.
- We know where you live.
- Who is this?
- Who...
Beat it!
Mommy, Trevor won't let me go
on his tractor.
Okay. So, find something else to play.
I don't...
What? What?
"He stayed inside for more than two weeks.
"Then he nibbled... "
Hammad has disappeared.
His wife, his children are missing.
My uncle in Mansour,
he said they were targeting them.
They were killing them.
- Who?
- Hammad's colleagues.
Dr. Habbuk was shot dead in the street.
Dr. Falli was murdered in his hallway.
- Listen...
- I know you can't tell me where he is.
Just tell me you have him.
Please, I beg you.
I don't need to know anything.
Just tell me he's safe.
We don't have him.
You said he would be safe.
You said we would help you.
You promised.
I trusted you.
The Justice Department need to establish
whether those in the highest office
sought to destroy the career
of a public servant to punish me
for telling the truth.
- What's going on?
- What are you doing here?
Falli. Hubbuk. Who else?
I don't know what you're talking about.
Don't bullshit me. Who else is dead?
You were right.
It was all about the scientists.
We made a call.
A call?
We passed your case files to liaison.
Mossad were already on the same page.
They've been hunting these guys down
since the invasion.
You'll drive them underground.
They'll run straight to Iran. Pakistan.
Valerie, it's not your problem.
- How can you sleep at night?
- I sleep just fine.
Now, Carol's mother is here. I'm sorry,
but I'm going to have to ask you to leave.
It's called counter-proliferation, Jack.
Linda, are you still here? It's late.
At the end of the day,
it's of keen interest to me
whether or not we see Karl Rove
frog-marched out of the White House
in handcuffs.
And believe me, when I use that name,
I measure my words.
Mr. Wilson!
- Excuse me.
We came all the way from Portland
for this.
Hello. Okay.
My wife and I have never sought publicity,
but I know when I tell her about
all of the support out here today,
she'll be thrilled and humbled.
- Hello?
- Valerie, turn on MSNBC.
Mom, why can't I have
some juice?
Okay. Hold on one second.
They've launched an investigation.
Ashcroft just announced it.
They say he's going to convene
a grand jury.
Hold on a second.
The FBI now is conducting
a criminal investigation
into who leaked the name
of the CIA undercover operative...
I'm going to be back later.
I've got to go over to Fox.
They want me to comment
on the investigation.
- Joe, just hold on.
Valerie, we've got to fight this.
We cannot... We've got to push back.
Mom! Where's my doll?
I've got another call. I gotta go.
Joe! You have to...
Joe Wilson.
Joe, it's Chris Matthews.
I just spoke to Karl Rove.
He told me, "Wilson's wife is fair game. "
Thank you for coming here.
I wanted to convey my outrage to you
in person.
I know it's not easy, but I want you to know
how much the Agency appreciates
your silence in the light of this matter.
We can't afford
to have this knife fight go on any longer.
I get death threats every day.
People threaten to kill my husband,
hurt my children.
I went to the Agency
and I requested security
to protect my family.
I was declined because, "My circumstances
fall outside budget protocols. "
If this is a knife fight, sir,
right now we're fighting it alone.
Joe Wilson versus the White House, huh?
Well, all I can say is good luck.
But I feel, as a friend, I should tell you
that those men, those few men
in that building over there,
are the most powerful men
in the history of the world.
How much of a stretch do you think it'd be
for them to take on Joe Wilson?
Joe is out there on his own, Valerie,
but I know we can trust you.
Speak to your husband.
Tucker Carlson says,
"Wilson's wife sent him on a boondoggle. "
Says, "He needed the work. "
Who needs to work for free?
It's not like Niger is renowned
for its fine dining and celebrated operas.
It reminds me of Paris.
Listen. Someone from Vanity Fair called,
they want to do a piece.
They want to do a full-scale interview,
Tell the whole story.
What do you think about that?
What do I think?
Do I want my photograph in Vanity Fair?
Is that the question?
Valerie, this is our chance.
- To do what?
- To tell our side of the story.
It'll mean a dozen,
maybe 50 TV appearances.
We have to do that.
They're killing us on Fox, in the blogs.
They're drowning us out.
We've got to strike back.
What? What's wrong? What did I say?
Don't you get it, Joe?
I mean, where does all of this stop?
Our address is on the Internet.
A photo of our house.
I've changed our phone number, what,
five times now?
My name... My name is everywhere!
My real name, Joe!
Where does all of this tough-talk
and publicity and noise,
and all of this bullshit that you're doing,
where does it get us?
- Where?
- Andy Card told the Financial Times
that they are rolling earthmovers
over Joe Wilson. "Earthmovers. "
Well, I'm sorry,
you're not going to get me without a fight.
Not without one hell of a fight.
It's the White House, Joe.
It's the White House.
Do you seriously think you can pick a fight
with the White House and win?
- They'll bury us!
- They'll bury us if we don't!
- Joe.
- Listen to me, Valerie.
- No, no, you listen to me!
- Valerie! Valerie! Valerie!
Does that make me right
if I shout louder than you?
If I shout louder than you, am I right?
If I'm the White House
and I shout a million times louder than you,
does that make me right?
They lied, Valerie.
They lied. That's the truth.
Truth. Right.
Well, by the time they're finished with us,
- we won't know what that is.
Look, Mommy.
Is Scooter home?
- What's that?
- The Senate just finished its investigation.
The findings of the Select Committee
on Intelligence, all 511 pages.
Check out page 39.
- Hi, Daddy!
- Who's the prettiest?
Hey there, monster. How are you?
Go get there.
Get some play in before it starts to rain.
What's that?
That's the Senate Select Committee
Intelligence report.
On page 39,
it says, "The former ambassador's wife
offered up his name. "
It then includes a memorandum
written by Valerie Plame
which says, "My husband has
good relations with both the Prime Minister
"and the former Minister of Mines,
"both of whom could shed light
on this sort of activity. "
- This is exactly what I've been denying.
- No. No.
I've been to every newspaper,
every television, radio,
anybody that would listen to me,
saying my wife did not send me on a junket.
- I didn't send you. I didn't have that power.
- You sent an e-mail.
The SSCI found the e-mail.
- I write hundreds of e-mails.
- Why didn't you tell me?
It never occurred to you, in all this time,
that this would be important?
I didn't make the decision.
I was asked to write a recommendation.
What was I supposed to do?
Not say my husband knows about this?
Well, they have this now.
They'll call me a liar and it will stick.
'Cause they have all the power.
What do I have? My word.
You've got to speak up, Valerie.
You've got to go on the record now.
You've got to defend us. Now.
So what do you want me to do?
Go to the papers like you did?
Write a piece in The New York Times?
You know I'd have to submit it
to the Agency...
- Wait, wait, wait.
Honey, go play. Go on, go on.
The Agency?
Valerie, who's your loyalty to?
To your husband or the CIA?
It's to my family.
I put my family first, always.
Were you putting them first
when you wrote that goddamn article?
Go find Samantha.
I'm taking different routes
to and from school.
I'm looking in empty rooms,
under beds, every time I come home.
A home we're going to lose pretty soon
because your work has dried up
and your clients are running for cover.
What has all this achieved, Joe?
Maybe you're right.
Maybe I just should
have kept my mouth shut.
Is that what your dad taught you, Valerie?
Is that what Colonel Sam Plame would say?
A good American
just keeps his mouth shut.
A good American just looks the other way?
Did you send me to Niger?
His business is struggling,
he's on the slide.
I'll pull a few strings,
send the old man a bone.
- Is that pretty much what happened?
- How dare you.
Did you send me?
You think I'm lying to you.
Could I tell if you were?
Trevor? Honey?
Come on, Sam. Let's get in the car.
- Bye, guys! I'll see you at home.
- Bye, Daddy!
I'm taking my car, okay?
Joe Wilson was a shameless self-promoter.
Everything about his story was either a lie
or a hoax or he was incompetent.
I think this is important.
If we're in time of war
and you want to know
what the President said
or what the President didn't say,
whether it's accurate or not,
and you have someone who says,
"I'm sent over there
"by the Vice President of the United States
and George Tenet to investigate this, "
and instead it turns out he was sent over
at the recommendation of his wife...
There he is!
Is it him?
- Mr. Wilson...
- This is private property.
- You're trespassing.
- Mr. Wilson, did the Vice President...
Please get off my property!
- I have no comment!
Mr. Wilson,
- was the Niger trip a free holiday?
- Get off the property.
A boondoggle?
Have you been lying to us from the start?
I never lied. I didn't receive any payment.
My wife didn't send me. Now, leave.
- Did the taxpayers pay for your vacation...
- All of you, leave!
...Mr. Wilson?
- It wasn't a vacation.
It was a fact-finding mission
in the lead-up to a war.
- What? What?
Are you against our troops?
- Get off my property!
- Are you against our troops?
All the way off the property!
Mr. Wilson, people are saying
that your wife doesn't actually work
for the CIA.
Is it true she's just a secretary?
Mr. Wilson, is it true that you
donated money to the Kerry campaign?
Mr. Wilson, your wife's a nobody!
Well, I think it's really all about the money.
We're talking about a third-rate CIA agent
who had a government salary,
and now she's out.
She could have transferred somewhere else
within the CIA.
She didn't have to leave.
Probably the CIA wanted her to leave
because she had already been in the press
without their permission.
It's come out that she was considered
kind of a mediocre agent at best.
Can I just take this pillow?
When we were at The Farm
training to be field officers,
they picked out four or five of us
and told us we stood out.
We were bound, hooded,
thrown into separate cells.
They deprived us of sleep,
beat us.
All we had to do was give up the name
of one of the others.
Just one name.
They push you until they find it.
Until they find the point at which you break.
And one by one, everybody broke
except me.
And that made me feel special.
You can't break me.
I don't have a breaking point.
I was wrong.
I'm gonna walk down the stairs
because I can't run down them.
Okay. You go safely,
but, let's go. Quickly.
Don't forget your jacket. Trevor.
Okay, say goodbye to your father.
- Hey, guys.
We're going on a mystery tour!
I know you are. Come here. Come here.
I'm going to see you both real soon.
Why aren't you coming, Daddy?
- I'm going to see you really soon.
- Okay, let's get in the car, guys.
You got it?
Come on, let's go, guys.
I'm getting soaked!
- Grandma!
- Grandma.
- Hi, baby. Hi.
- Hello, Mom.
Hi, baby, how are you?
Hey, Trevor, my goodness, how big you are!
Come on in.
Okay, now do you want
a red one or a green one?
Red one!
- Okay.
Red one!
- Here's a red one and...
Apple and caramels, I think.
So, what color apple do you want?
- Okay.
- You want a green? Oh, good. I'm glad.
Afghanistan could quickly revert back to...
The governments of Niger and Burkina Faso
are interested in exploiting the
gold reserves along their common border.
There's not a lot of interest,
as gold's at $150 an ounce.
But it would compliment your holdings
in East Africa and the concession's cheap.
My friend.
- Joe Wilson.
- Karl Moleo Guderron.
- Such a pleasure.
- Nice to meet you.
How is your wife, Joe?
She's fine. She's well. She's...
Excuse me? Can I just... A black eye,
two shots of espresso, strong coffee.
I'm not very hungry.
How long are you in town?
Just a few days.
Komolea and I are excited
to hear your proposal.
Can I help you? Excuse me, can I help you?
No. I was just telling these men
that you, sir, are a fraud.
This is a private lunch.
- Could you leave now, please? Thank you.
- This man is a liar and a traitor.
- He is in the pay of left-wing hate groups.
- She's just a reporter.
He's a Democrat stooge
and he's an anti-war zealot.
- He has stabbed our troops in the back!
- Okay, leave now.
- Excuse me, I'm very sorry.
- Wilson, you've got blood on your hands
- and your wife is a traitor and a fantasist.
- Okay, okay, leave my table.
How dare you talk about my wife.
You don't know her, you don't know me.
- Now leave now!
- Very nice.
- You gentlemen should know...
- She's gonna leave.
...you're having lunch with a traitor!
- I think we should leave.
- Please, don't.
- No, we should.
- Did you hear the way that this man just...
- Shame on you.
You call yourself a reporter?
Shame on you!
You're nothing but a self-promoting hack!
- You okay?
- I'm fine.
You're him. I see you on TV.
- You're Joe Wilson.
- No, I'm not.
- Yes, brother, I see you on TV.
- That's somebody else.
No, no, I know you.
My name is Joe, too.
I'm from Sierra Leone. Freetown.
You've been there, right?
You like Freetown?
Joe, you and I both know
Freetown's a shithole.
That's the truth.
That's the truth right there, brother.
Yes, indeed, Sierra Leone is dying.
There's too much injustice
and corruption in Sierra Leone.
People at the top have too much power,
way too much power.
But people can't see that from over here.
Over here, in America, it's a different world.
- I wouldn't be so sure of that.
- How can you say that?
Land of the free, brother, home of the brave.
Joe, could you pull over? I'm just gonna...
Pull over here, I'm gonna walk.
Keep the change.
That's cheating!
I got it!
Above your head! Above your head!
Swing your rope!
How is he?
He's okay. He's better.
He's shaking through.
I win.
There. There they are.
Do you see those guys?
Those little yellow fellas?
- Yeah, I see them.
- See that?
There's a name for them.
I used to know the name for them.
Some kind of... They're beautiful.
I think my marriage is over, Dad.
I know my little gal doesn't say anything
until she absolutely has to.
There's going to be
another Congressional Investigation.
He wants me to speak out.
Go on the record.
Like that would suddenly make
all of this go away.
We can't even speak to each other.
I can remember
saying exactly the same thing.
July, '72.
Me and your mom weren't getting along,
we were fighting all the time.
I guess she just plain had enough
of moving house.
It wasn't until I retired,
that I realized
that we never did have a home.
We must have moved 20 different times,
I don't know.
Germany. Singapore. Australia. England.
You had 20 different chances
to introduce yourself as someone new.
You turned out all right, though. Okay.
I mean, you're responsible.
A little too serious, maybe.
It made you tough, though, huh?
Real tough.
Probably tougher than me
and your mom could ever understand.
I just can't see how this comes around.
Not this time.
Not anymore.
What they did was wrong, Val.
It was just plain wrong.
Don't you ever forget that.
You know, say if through some miracle
you get through this thing,
I mean, there's no guarantee
you and Joe won't fight.
You know, he's a stubborn son of a bitch.
I mean, he's not going to give up
any more than you are.
Grandpa, look.
I swear to God she's going to
keep at that thing until she licks it.
Come on, raise your hand up!
There you go!
- Good shot.
- I'm going to do it again!
Good try!
...maybe the final results.
Shit. Mom?
And it's turned out to be bad news
for one member of the White House team,
and a central figure he is,
Scooter Libby. Five counts.
And as Brian Williams just said
on NBC News, in that special report,
30 years he faces right now.
And I want to talk right now
to Dan Abrams, my colleague,
who handles these legal matters...
You can imagine
that the letter of resignation
was probably drafted
somewhat in advance
and that there were indications in the past...
What is next?
Lawyers for Lewis Scooter Libby
are preparing his defense
following his indictment on Friday.
Meanwhile, President Bush
is set to announce his next nominee
to replace Sandra Day O'Connor
on the Supreme Court.
Karl Rove escaped indictment today,
but according to sources
still faces a possible perjury charge.
Now, two things here.
First of all,
the Karl Rove business about today,
the fact that he was not indicted today
is certainly
what you would call interim good news,
but it can only be called interim good news
because as you know, the investigation,
insofar as he is concerned, is going to...
They served up Scooter Libby.
He's going to take the fall.
I'm sure they've already brokered a deal.
He takes the fall, the deck is stacked,
he gets pardoned.
I bet there won't even be a trial.
I don't care what they say about us.
I don't care how angry you get.
If they take all of this away, I don't care.
They do not get to take my marriage.
I'm so sorry.
You did good.
I did it for me.
I know why you did it.
Thank you.
If I could give it back to you...
If I could give you back who you were...
This is who I am.
Right here.
Are you ready to fight?
How many of you know the 16 words
in President Bush's State of the Union
address that led us to war?
How many know my wife's name?
- Valerie Plame.
- Valerie Plame.
Now, how can you know one
and not the other?
When did the question move
from "Why are we going to war?"
To "Who is this man's wife?"
I asked the first question,
but somebody else asked the second.
And it worked.
Because none of us know the truth.
The offense that was committed
was not committed against me,
it was not committed against my wife.
It was committed against you.
All of you.
Now, if that makes you angry
or feel misrepresented,
do something about it.
When Benjamin Franklin
left Independence Hall
just after the second drafting,
he was approached by a woman
on the street.
The woman said, "Mr. Franklin,
"what manner of government
have you bequeathed us?"
And Franklin said, "A Republic, madam.
"If you can keep it. "
The responsibility of a country
is not in the hands of a privileged few.
We are strong, and we are free from tyranny
as long as each one of us
remembers his or her duty as a citizen.
Whether it's to report a pothole
at the top of your street
or lies in a State of the Union address,
speak out! Ask those questions.
Demand that truth.
Democracy is not a free ride, man.
I'm here to tell you.
But, this is where we live.
And if we do our job,
this is where our children will live.
God bless America.
Ms. Wilson,
we're pleased to have you here.
Thank you very much
for coming to our committee today.
It's the practice of this committee
that all witnesses are administered an oath.
And I'd like to ask you to stand
and raise your right hand.
Do you promise to tell the truth
and nothing but the truth?
- I do.
- Please be seated.
Now, there's a button
on the base of the mike.
Be sure to press it in
and pull it closely enough to you
so you can be heard.
Good morning, Mr. Chairman
and members of the committee.
My name is Valerie Plame Wilson.
And I'm honored to have been invited
to testify under oath
before the Committee on Oversight
and Government Reform
on the critical issue
of safeguarding classified information.
I'm grateful for this opportunity
to set the record straight.
I served the United States loyally
and to the best of my ability
as a covert operations officer
for the Central Intelligence Agency.
I worked on behalf of the national security
of our country,
on behalf of the people of the United States,
until my name and true affiliations
were exposed in the national media
on July 14th, 2003, after a leak
by administration officials.
Today, I can tell this committee even more.
In the run-up to the war with Iraq,
I worked in the counter-proliferation
division of the CIA,
still as a covert officer whose affiliation
with the CIA was classified.
I raced to discover solid intelligence
for senior policymakers
on Iraq's presumed weapons
of mass destruction programs.
While I helped to manage
and run secret world-wide operations
against this WMD target
from CIA headquarters in Washington,
I also traveled to foreign countries
on secret missions
to find vital intelligence.
I loved my career
because I love my country.
I was proud of the serious responsibilities
entrusted to me
as a CIA covert operations officer.