October 24, 2010 |
Reporting from New York ? To tell the big-screen tale of Valerie Plame, a real-life CIA spy whose covert identity was blown by the White House, director Doug Liman needed a special kind of actress: someone who could build an emotional wall around herself and still convey "a sense that there's a good person inside her. " He was convinced that that actress was Naomi Watts. But after a pre-shoot with Watts and costar Sean Penn last year, Liman called his producer in a panic. "We've got to toughen Naomi up, a.s.a.
May 16, 2010 |
When filmmaker Doug Liman was growing up in New York, he was fascinated by the mythic world of spies like James Bond. Yet, he also was tantalized by glimpses of the real world of espionage offered by his late father, Arthur L. Liman, the famed litigator who grilled Oliver North on behalf of Congress during the Iran-Contra investigation of the Reagan administration. "It was a top secret investigation into the National Security Agency," Liman recalls. "[I was] seeing all the mechanics of how classified information worked.
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August 19, 2009 |
Robert Novak, the longtime syndicated columnist and television commentator who was at the center of a furor late in his career as the first journalist to disclose the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, died today. He was 78. Novak died at his home in Washington after battling brain cancer, his family told the Associated Press. Novak was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2008. He told friends his doctors were not optimistic, but he opted for surgery anyway, telling them they were being too conservative.
February 12, 2009
Re "Rove versus leakers," Feb. 10 I want to thank Karl Rove for giving us all a good laugh during these dark times. The idea that no one in the world knew that the U.S. intercepted e-mails and cellphone calls before the New York Times ran an article about it was really funny, though I suppose he might have made it more laughable if he'd admitted that the twist was that the government was intercepting the e-mails and phone calls of its own citizens....
June 28, 2008 |
The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey for transcripts of interviews with President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and former presidential advisor Karl Rove during the federal inquiry into the leak of then-CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. The subpoena requests all documents from the office of former Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald relating to interviews of Bush, Cheney and their aides that were conducted outside the presence of a grand jury investigating the leak.
June 21, 2008 |
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, said he was suspicious of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's denial that he had leaked the name of a CIA agent but had no choice but to go along with it. McClellan's testimony came shortly after his author's tour for "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," the memoir that created a stir in the capital when it was published last month.