Valerie Plame Wilson, the former undercover CIA officer whose identity was exposed in 2003, apologised on Thursday just hours after tweeting an anti-Semitic article titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.”
“OK folks, look, I messed up. I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest,” Wilson tweeted. “I missed gross undercurrents to this article & didn’t do my homework on the platform this piece came from. Now that I see it, it’s obvious.”
The article, published on the website The Unz Review, makes several blanket statements about Jewish people, blaming them for the rise of American neoconservatism and proposing that presidential administrations avoid placing them in “national security positions involving the Middle East, where they will potentially be conflicted.”
The Unz Review describes itself on its homepage as a collection of “controversial perspectives” left out of US mainstream media.
At first, Wilson had doubled down on her decision to tweet the piece, arguing that “re-tweets don’t imply endorsement” and telling her critics to “calm down.”
Wilson’s identity as an operative was leaked in 2003 by a Bush administration official out of retribution for criticism made by her husband — former diplomat Joe Wilson — over Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.
Wilson made headlines recently over her effort to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter and ban President Donald Trump from using it.
2) Just FYI, I am of Jewish decent. I am not in favour of war with Iran, or getting out of the Iran nuclear treaty. There are simply https://t.co/AR3Jsl1yml
— Valerie Plame Wilson (@ValeriePlame) September 21, 2017
3) too many who are so ready to go to war. Haven’t we had enough for a while?
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