Ex-CIA Valerie Plame running for Congress

“Valerie Plame, an ex-CIA officer, on Monday announced a congressional bid in a video that feels a lot like a clip from an action movie,” as Business Insider is reporting.

“The former covert CIA operative is vying to replace Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, though Plame doesn’t specifically mention where she’s running in the video, which features Plame at the wheel of a Chevy Camaro.

“In the video, Plame is driving the Camaro backward down a dirt road as a metaphor for what she characterizes as the need to turn the country around, saying the CIA taught her to drive that way. Halfway through, Plame whips the wheel around into a reverse 180.

“Plame was famously outed as a CIA agent during the Bush administration after her husband, the US diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times raising questions about the justifications for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Plame’s identity was revealed in a Washington Post article that cited unnamed administration officials.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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