The Valerie Plame Controversy
Valerie was an innocent in this whole affair. Although there were suggestions that she was behind the decision to send me to Niger, the CIA told Newsday just a week after the Novak article appeared that "she did not recommend her husband to undertake the Niger assignment." The CIA repeated the same statement to every reporter thereafter.
~ Joseph C. Wilson IV: "Our 27 months of hell
You know what fries my bacon about this affair (besides the thousands of people dead and wounded)? It's the assumption underlying the whole thing, that being recommended by his wife to undertake the assignment was about equal to being gelded.
Turn it around: imagine Valerie Plame is a respected ambassador, who has been in the area for many years and is in a position to easily get at the truth. Her husband is an intrepid and sexy secret agent, and gives her the heads up: something smells wrong here. She goes over there to find out what's up..... This could be a major movie, (but Hollywood would inevitably have her husband swooping in to save her from the bad guys... damn!)
But still, even with the hollywood ending, noone would find it amiss for him to make the suggestion to her, yet it's a ball buster that she would even be suspected of making the suggestion...