Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Valerie Plame tweets story saying Jews are warmongers in Middle East

Valerie Plame tweets story saying Jews are warmongers in Middle East

Valerie Plame Wilson, the former undercover Central Intelligence Agency operative whose identity was leaked to the public in response to her opposition to the Iraq War, apologized Thursday after she apparent defended her retweet of an anti-Semitic article alleging "Jews" are to blame for "America's wars".

The so-called "thoughtful" piece was written by a former Central Intelligence Agency official and it argues that American Jews promote war in the Middle East as a way of supporting Israel.

The commentary's depictions of Jews controlling the media and politics echoed long-running nationalistic tropes blaming them for a variety of social and economic ills. "Indeed, I would opine that most of the fury from Congress re Iran comes from the same source, with AIPAC showering our Solons on the Potomac with "fact sheets" explaining how Iran is worthy of annihilation because it has pledged to "destroy Israel". So far, most of the media that hailed her as a hero years ago seem happy to allow her off the hook.

"Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again", wrote Giraldi. It turned out that it was Richard Armitage, a skeptic of the war and no neoconservative, who had revealed her employment.

"Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful", she wrote of Giraldi's piece. She recently has been known for trying to ban President Trump from Twitter and crowdfund to purchase the app to enable that to occur.

After the backlash, Wilson said she didn't read the article thoroughly and had only paid attention to its criticism of neoconservatives.

She eventually apologized for the share, calling the post "problematic" and saying, "I messed up". "I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism and shared it without seeing and considering the rest", she said.

A lot of the coverage of this controversy-I'm looking at you, CNN.com and foxnews.com-doesn't mention that she has a history of promoting such content. "I sincerely apologized. I was just so focused on the neocons lust for war: 'If you liked the Iraq war, you'll love an Iranian one'".

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