When politics meets cinema

Friday, November 12, 2010; 5:12 PM

The Style article by Ann Hornaday about the new movies "Fair Game" and "Client 9" ["Hitting 'em where it hurts," Nov. 5] would have been more appropriate on the editorial page. Instead, readers were told that while lobbyist Roger Stone "was gleefully helping the feds take [New York Gov. Eliot] Spitzer down, millions of American citizens watched their savings, homes and jobs disappear."

Good grief! What does that have to do with the movie? In any event, is the implication that savings, homes and jobs would not have been lost if Spitzer had not been prosecuted? Good grief again.

I have no doubt that Hornaday "can almost see the light bulb going on over [Karl Rove's] head." Her outlook on things is abundantly clear from what she wrote.

Mike Brady, McLean


In 1978, my CIA affiliation was exposed by Philip Agee in his book "Dirty Work II." I'm nothing special; more than a few colleagues have been exposed at one time or another. I went on to serve nearly 34 years.

As luck would have it, I was at one point charged with looking into possible damage in one location caused by Valerie Plame's outing. There was none.

So enough with the overwrought claims of injury that "Fair Game" suggests. Those claims devalue the resolve of the officers who have overcome truly dangerous exposure, and they cheapen the risk from laying bare their very real achievements.

It was wrong to expose Plame. It was ludicrous for her to claim that the exposure forced an end to her career in intelligence. In the words of my favorite poet, A.E. Housman: " 'Tis sure much finer fellows have fared much worse before."

R.E. Pound, Reston

The writer served in the CIA from 1976 to 2009.

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