Valerie Plame Returns to Twitter After Blaming Social Media Site for Spread of Anti-Semitic Screeds

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January 7, 2020

Democratic congressional candidate Valerie Plame returned to Twitter on Sunday several months after blaming the social media website for her own anti-Semitic tweets.

Plame, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico's Third Congressional District said the risk that President Donald Trump would drive the country into war based on "fabricated intelligence" compelled her to reactivate her account.

Plame was roundly criticized in 2017 after she shared with her Twitter followers several anti-Semitic articles from the fringe site the Unz Review, including one accusing "American Jews" of "driving America's wars" and another titled "Why I Still Dislike Israel."

Plame defended herself last September when CNN anchor Chris Cuomo asked what she liked about the anti-Semitic website, noting she had shared nine of its articles.

"Sometimes all sorts of things come across, as you know, in social media that you don't read all the way through," Plame said. "That's why I'm not on Twitter anymore."

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt also asked Plame about sharing anti-Semitic posts, prompting her to apologize and say, "We all make mistakes," although sharing the articles was "a doozy."

Plame, a former undercover CIA agent, reactivated her Twitter account to send out a series of tweets criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to kill Iranian terror leader Qassem Soleimani, claiming Trump used "fabricated intelligence" to go to war and be reelected.