White House Accidentally Exposes Afghanistan CIA Chief's Identity

Sunday, 25 May 2014 10:33 PM

By Greg Richter

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The White House inadvertently exposed the name of the CIA's top spy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday when it gave the press a list of U.S. officials participating in President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the troops.

According to The Washington Post, the White House released a new list without the name after their reporter raised questions about whether the inclusion was intended.

The list was emailed on Saturday night to reporters accompanying the president on the trip, and was then included in a pool report written by Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson. That report was released to more than 6,000 news organizations before Wilson noticed what he believed to be an error.

The name listed the person as "Chief of Station" in Kabul. The term is used by the CIA for the highest ranking spy in country, the Post reported.

Wilson asked White House press officials in Afghanistan if the inclusion of the chief of station was intentional. Initially, they told him it was because military officials had provided the list. But senior administration officials noticed the mistake and quickly sent out a revised list without the chief of station's name included.

The Post withheld the station chief's name in its reporting at the request of the White House and because it could endanger the lives of the officer and his family. The White House and CIA declined to comment for The Post's story.

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