Valerie Plame, a former CIA operative, is making a bid for Congress as a Democrat, running for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District seat. Her first campaign ad is showy and trendy—and is also full of lies.
Using the internet to make her presence felt, in the ad she can be seen driving a nifty sports car down a dirt road, with flashes of President Donald Trump, former President George W. Bush, and the CIA emblem dominating the screen. It might look good, but honesty is not her best policy.
The first big lie: former Vice President Dick Cheney and his chief of staff Scooter Libby betrayed her. “Dick Cheney’s chief of staff took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity. His name? Scooter Libby,” she announces in the ad.
And then this, “I was an undercover CIA operative. My assignment was preventing rogue states and terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. I come from Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. My dad was in the Air Force, my brother almost died in Vietnam. My service was cut short when my own government betrayed me.”
Plame’s identity as a CIA officer was not exposed by Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, it was in actual fact Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage who leaked it to columnist Robert Novak, and both men acknowledged it.
Libby served as an assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2005. He left under the suspicion that he had revealed Valerie Plame, married to Bush critic Joseph Wilson, was a CIA operative.
Libby was convicted of perjury and obstructing justice in the Valerie Plame affair in 2007. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, which was commuted by Bush. Libby also copped a $250,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.
Libby was pardoned by President Trump in 2018. “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,” said the president.
Back to that campaign ad, Plame maintains she was stationed in Iran and the DPRK, again untrue, as reported by the Daily Caller.
Using the CIA seal, which can be seen in her campaign ad, is also illegal and restricted by federal law. Claiming she was from “Ukrainian Jewish immigrants” is also something of a mystery, after she tweeted an anti-semitic article, “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” which she later deleted, explaining she had not read the entire article.
That’s despite the fact she explicitly instructed her followers to indeed “read the entire article.” Plame claimed at the time that “many neocon hawks ARE Jewish,” reports the Daily Caller.
Her ad ends with words for the president, “And Mr. President? I’ve got a few scores to settle,” Plame says with a smile.
“In under 90 seconds, Valerie Plame lies to voters, breaks federal law, sweeps her own anti-Semitism under the rug and threatens to use elected office to get revenge on her political enemies. Plame is completely unfit for Congress,” the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Bob Salera told the Daily Caller.