Democrat and former spy Valerie Plame accused of lying about membership in Jewish temple

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A member of a Jewish temple in New Mexico says Valerie Plame, a former CIA officer and a Democratic candidate for a New Mexico congressional seat, lied about her membership.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a senior member of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe accused Plame, 56, of falsely claiming membership to the temple after she told the newspaper she had recently found out her great-grandfather was a rabbi in Ukraine and she had “always been drawn to that aspect of my Jewish heritage.”

Daniel Yohalem, a Santa Fe lawyer and a member of Temple Beth Shalom who is on the temple’s board told the Albuquerque Journal that, after going through the membership lists, Plame was never a member. “I am deeply concerned about Ms. Plame’s repeated apparent lack of candor on these issues,” he said.

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