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The shamelessly fraudulent 'Fair Game'

Not since Leni Riefenstahl folded up her director’s chair has the world seen such a shameless bit of film propaganda as “Fair Game,” the new Sean Penn movie that purports to tell how “[Valerie] Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband.”

In the season of WikiLeaks, when 250,000 raw bits of intelligence are floating around the Internet, it is hard to remember why anyone thought that revealing the identity of a Langley desk jockey was newsworthy, let alone scandalous.

Still, lest America forget, Hollywood has reheated the fiction the media created around Plame and husband Joseph Wilson and served it up as Technicolor fact. The fraud astonishes:

“If you leave out absolutely everything that might give your ‘narrative’ a problem and throw in any old rubbish that might support it,” said Christopher Hitchens to that master of fraud, Michael Moore, “and you don’t even care that one bit of rubbish flatly contradicts the next bit, and you give no chance to those who might differ, then you have betrayed your craft.”

The Wilsons and their enablers not only betrayed their many crafts – including CIA tradecraft – but in so doing they have also betrayed their country.