Former CIA spy and Democratic congressional candidate Valerie Plame struggled to an explain anti-Semitic article posted to her Twitter page in 2017 during an appearance on CNN Monday.
Plame came under fire nearly two years ago when she tweeted out an article titled, “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” but has since deleted the tweet and claimed that she was just expressing frustration with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. (RELATED: Trump Warns Iran Of New Sanctions With Meme)
“The only thing I focused on in that article was: I thought it was a very bad idea to get out of the Iran nuclear deal,” she told CNN’s John Berman. “I stupidly did not read the rest of the article. When I did, I was really horrified. It’s anti-Semitic.”
Plame claimed at the time that “many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.”
When reminded by Berman that she had instructed her followers to “read the entire article,” Plame admitted that she did not read the entire article herself.
“I did. Really foolish, and I’m embarrassed by that whole … I should not have been anywhere near social media or a computer at that time in my life,” Plame said.
Plame launched a campaign for Congress earlier this month, running for the seat in New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district where she has lived for over a decade.
Plame is best known for having been outed as a spy during the President George W. Bush era. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby — who is Jewish — was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal agents in relation to information that was leaked about Plame in 2007.
Judith Miller, the main witness against Libby during his trial recanted and said she was pressed by prosecutors and now isn’t sure about her testimony.
Libby was pardoned by Trump in 2018, with the president saying that Libby had been “treated unfairly.”
“I don’t know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life,” Trump said at the time.