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Former CIA operative Valerie Plame to run for Congress in New Mexico

In this image, Plume sits in a chair and speaks on stage between two other seated people.
Valerie Plame (center) attends the 2015 premiere of "Secrecy And Power." Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame announced a 2020 congressional run in New Mexico's 3rd congressional district on Thursday.

The big picture: She will run as a Democrat, citing health care access and prescription drug costs as primary reasons behind her run in her announcement. Plame, who first expressed interest in a run last month, had her identity as a CIA operative made public after a leak in 2003 under the George W. Bush administration to attack her ex-husband Joe Wilson.

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