White House Mistakenly IDs Top CIA Official
During Obama's surprise visit to Bagram, the White House accidentally included the name of a top CIA spy in a list of other non-covert U.S. officials.By Amy Kluber | May 26, 2014
President Obama's trip to Afghanistan Sunday was supposed to be a surprise for U.S. troops. But others were surprised in a different way when the administration inadvertently released the name of a top CIA official. (Via Flickr / The U.S. Army)
The Washington Post first broke the story after the White House released a list of senior U.S. officials who held a military briefing with Obama during his visit. Included in that list was an official's name followed by Kabul's "Chief of Station" — the title used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy.
The Wall Street Journal explains that list was released to journalists traveling with Obama and then distributed via White House "pool reports" to other U.S. and foreign media not in attendance.