him behind to care for their two kids. Then it becomes the story of the White House’s efforts to present Iraq as a viable threat. Then the story segues into how newspaper columnist Robert Novak blew Plame Wilson’s cover. (Novak got the scoop from someone in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. Much of the film’s story suggests the source was I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to the vice president, though a closing title card reminds us that former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has been revealed as the actual culprit.) Then the film goes back into the marital tension caused by the ensuing publicity and scandal before it settles on the Wilsons’ battle to maintain their marriage and reveal the truth. That’s a lot of territory for any screenwriter or director to cover.