White House ID’s CIA Chief In Afghanistan


President Obama made a surprised visit to Afghanistan this weekend, and his staff had a surprise for the CIA’s Kabul station chief. They gave away the spy’s identity to the press.

The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.

The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country. (Read More)

The White House didn’t recognize the mistake until after it was pointed out to them by a Washington Post reporter, and after the list was sent out to 6,000 news organizations, including foreign ones. US news outlets have not released the station chief’s name, but it’s not clear whether foreign outlets will be so accommodating.