White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan – The Washington Post

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.


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10 thoughts on “White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan – The Washington Post”

  1. Can we hound Biden to resign because of this?
    After all, when Armitage outed Valerie Plame, Dick Cheney was the one vilified.
    (Not that I want Biden gone, but sometimes it’s nice to get a scalp, any scalp, or at least force a defense.)

  2. Inadvertent my ass. I don’t see them ID’ing CoS in non-Muslim countries, and yes, I meant all that might imply.

    It’ll take years to get a true CoS back in there as you’ll have to bring someone in as legit Embassy staff and wait.

  3. Too many coincidences to be a mistake. By now it’s enemy action. Yet the CIA is supine, unlike when GW Bush was in office. Hmm.

  4. Agree completely with Ned and Salty. Nothing, NOTHING about this WH and national security cabal would make me think that this was in the least bit inadvertent. Perhaps they want him assassinated, or want something he is doing to be undone by the locals, or they just want him out because he is being successful at something they want to see America fail at. But in no instance is this accidental.

  5. Tish tish, SUCH cynics here. For shame! 🙂

    (Just remember Lilly Tomlin, my oft-quoted favorite political philosopher: “I try to be cynical–but I can’t keep up.” 🙂 )

  6. I was under the impression that most foriegn intelligence services knew evey station chief without fail – so is this really a revelation to anyone? I rather believe its simple stupidity on the part of the White House staff.

    1. Krag – Nope. I met a few CIA folks in my time and they were never identified as such and this was especially true in places not so friendly. Even allied countries (at that time in the late 80s and early 90s) were not informed of the ID of the COS. Stupid or intentional this was damaging.

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