The real victim in this whole thing was Valerie Wilson who emerges as the sole class act in this whole affair. Okay so she co-wrote the book they based the movie upon.
he problem was not what Joe Wilson did, but his timing and lack of consultation with his wife. From the movie, he blind sided her with the article as well. He did not have the consideration or forethought to talk to her first, instead going off half-cocked seeking some sort of revenge. They Lied! Yeah, so what. If you are going to out them, wait until things die down and spring it in October right before the election. Wilson, while being patriotic was also portrayed as self-serving his ego. Albeit, he did not think Rove would out his wife, but he should have thought that far ahead. He needed to stop and think about his actions, which didn't save anyone and along with Rove's retaliation got people killed.
In spite of Joe Wilson's fight against the WH, Valerie remained true to her CIA rules of silence. She endures threats to her family and media smears. Joe goes on TV against his wife's wishes and she leaves home to stay with her parents. The real drama of the movie is not the Wilson vs. White House, but Wilson vs. Wilson and how Valerie goes from having having no support for Joe Wilson's war (against the White House) and sleeping in separate bedrooms to becoming his ally.