Ex-CIA officer quits job after posting anti-Semitic tweet

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame, who came under fire for retweeting a virulently anti-Semitic article, announced that she has resigned from Ploughshares Fund.

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame announced Sunday that she has resigned from Ploughshares Fund after she retweeted a virulently anti-Semitic article by a well-known critic of Israel that accused American Jews of promoting wars in the Middle East and called it “thoughtful.”

The Hill reported Monday that her resignation came after several tweets in which she apologized for sharing the “deeply offensive” article, which she described as having “anti-Semitic tropes.”

“Actions have consequences, and while I have been honored to serve on the board of the Ploughshares Fund…to avoid detracting from their mission, I have resigned,” Plame tweeted.

“I take full responsibility for my thoughtless and hurtful actions, and there are no excuses for what I did,” she said in another post.

Ploughshares Fund condemned Wilson’s tweet of the offensive article, which was written by Phillip Giraldi, another ex-CIA officer. The article was published by an online magazine called The Unz Review, a website that promotes an anti-Israel agenda and posts content that has been called anti-Semitic.

“Our board member, Valerie Plame Wilson, seriously erred in retweeting an anti-Semitic article,” the organization said in a statement on Friday.

“Ploughshares Fund condemns in the strongest terms what we believe to be white supremacist and anti-Semitic propaganda espoused by this site. The prejudices promulgated by this site are an affront to American values and human decency.”

Ploughshares Fund’s stated mission is to help “make the world more safe and secure” by funding organizations and people who promote the elimination of nuclear weapons, prevent the emergence of new nuclear states, and build regional peace.

Plame on Sunday referred to her posting of the article as “a grave mistake” and vowed to “avoid resorting to stereotypes to express my positions.”

Wilson initially defended her posting of the article, urging her followers to read the post and “put aside” any biases.

She later apologized, saying she “messed up” and had only “skimmed this piece.”

The article argued that American Jews are pushing for war with Iran by exaggerating the threat the Islamic Republic poses to the US. It also contended that the neoconservative foreign policy establishment is captivated by American Jews who are loyal to Israel.

Among other things, the article argues that “the media should be required to label” “American Jews who lack any shred of integrity,… at the bottom of the television screen whenever they pop up … That would be kind-of-like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison –translating roughly as ingest even the tiniest little dosage of the nonsense spewed by Bill Kristol at your own peril.”

By: World Israel News Staff