White House Accidentally Blows Cover of Top CIA Officer in Afghanistan

President Obama gets a briefing by Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), right, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, on Sunday. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
President Obama gets a briefing by Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), right, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, on Sunday. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan Saturday, when his name and title were released in an e-mail sent to reporters who traveled with President Obama on his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field.

The CIA officer’s identity was released as part of a list of U.S. officials who were attending a military briefing with Obama at Bagram, the Washington Post reported.

The individual was identified as “Chief of Station,” a term used for the top spy in a country, according to the Post.

The White House recognized the error and issued a revised list that did not include the official’s name.

The list was sent in an e-mail to reporters traveling with Obama to Afghanistan, and then further distributed in a “pool report” to reporters not taking part in the trip, including members of foreign press agencies. In all, more than 6,000 people were sent the initial pool report that included the CIA officer’s identity.

The Post reported that Scott Wilson, the newspaper’s White House bureau chief, filed the pool report. Wilson copied the list contained in the e-mail sent from White House press officials.

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SOURCE: William Cummings
USA TODAY

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