By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Valerie Plame, a former CIA operative who’s now running for Congress as a Democrat in New Mexico, has just released a campaign video that is full of distortions and lies, according to several political observers who are familiar with her story, her career, and her ‘controversial’ run-in with the administration of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Plame claims in her video, in which she is seen barreling down a gravel road backwards in a fast car:
I was an undercover CIA operative. My assignment was preventing rogue states and terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. You name a hot spot, I lived it. Then, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity. His name: Scooter Libby. Guess who pardoned him last year? [Picture of President Donald Trump]
I come from Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Dad was in the Air Force. My brother almost died in Vietnam. My service was cut short when my own government betrayed me.
We left Washington to raise our kids in New Mexico, one of the best places on earth. Now I’m running for Congress because we’re going backwards on national security, health care, and women’s rights. We need to turn our country around. And yes, the CIA really does teach us how to drive like this. You’ve probably heard my name. And Mr. President, I’ve got a few scores to settle.
Plame makes several claims in the video that are incorrect or distorted. As Jim Garaghty at National Review notes, the claim about Scooter Libby is untrue:
This is false. Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage acknowledged in 2006 that he was the source who first revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak back in 2003.
Plame adds, “Guess who pardoned him last year?”
This is technically accurate, but a bit misleading. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was not prosecuted for leaking classified information; he was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of making false statements when interviewed by FBI agents and two counts of perjury in his testimony before the grand jury. Libby and his lawyers argued that his inaccurate statements to the FBI reflected an inability to perfectly remember details of conversations from two years earlier.