Skip to comments.White House mistakenly leaks name of top spy in Afghanistan
Posted on 05/26/2014 4:54:48 PM PDT by xzins
The White House mistakenly leaked the name of one of their top spies to nearly 6,000 journalists on Sunday.
The CIA officer's name was included on a press tip sheet that was given to the White House's pool reporter, who then forwarded the list to the entire press poolabout 6,000 email addresses.
The list contained the names of 15 people President Obama was scheduled to meet with during a visit to Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Mistakenly included was the name of the top U.S. spy in Kabul, identified on the list as the "Chief of Station."
Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Scott Wilson has been identified as the person who filed the pool report, although he told the Post that he copied the list from a White House press email.
A revised list with the spy's name removed was quickly distributed to the press pool, and White House officials asked the media outlets not to publish the officer's name for fear of harm to the officer and his family. It is unclear whether the officer will remain in Afghanistan.
The incident marks the fourth chief of station to have his identity leaked in recent years. Two CIA station chiefs in Pakistan were outed by the Pakistani media in 2011 in retaliation for U.S. raids in the area. Last year, another station chief in Pakistan was exposed by a Pakistani political party in protest of U.S. drone strikes.
Relations between the U.S., Pakistan, and Afghanistan have been increasingly strained following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the death of Osama bin Laden. The Al-Qaeda leader was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
The relationship between the countries was compared to a bad marriage by Cameron Munter, the U.S. ambassador in Pakistan.
"There is a certain amount of resilience built into the relationship, and I don't think it's going to collapse," he told NBC News after the November 2013 station chief leak.
"I just think it's going to be difficult. It's going to be like a bad marriage that continues."
SIX THOUSAND JOURNALISTS
Wonder if there’ll be a chorus of condemnation, a PlameGate, a special prosecutor, and jail time?
I want to know if he was running guns and had asked for more protection recently. And maybe he was gay? Like someone else we knew? Or did he know too much?
Admin of Incompetence keeps perfect record
Mistake my .... foot.
Are you sure this was an accident? Maybe he just knew too much.
He is pitching a perfectly incompetent game.
None dare call it treason
It would sure protect the guy from any interrogation by Congress in the future.
The guys gotta be friggin' flaming p*****.
Mr. Snowden...check your records please...
How do they blame Bush on this?
“mistakenly”? Right, sure. Any effective management of a
“station chief” would be wholly a different embassy title— cultural attache assistant, something like that. This is intentional. Just who the hell did this, and who directed it—it will not do to blame some young intern— the position and title would simply not be known. Obamaumao is an islamic operative for the communists. They will get this guy/girl killed— because they want them dead. What a great admin.
Reminded of William Francis Buckley kidnapped and tortured because of someones leak in his networks.
Not long after his capture, his agent network either vanished or were killed. He was tortured into revealing the network of agents he had established. According to the US, Buckley had undergone 15 months of torture by Hezbollah before his death.
A description of his appearance from a video made of him.:
“Buckley was close to a gibbering wretch. His words were often incoherent; he slobbered and drooled and, most unnerving of all, he would suddenly scream in terror, his eyes rolling helplessly and his body shaking. ... The CIA consensus was that he would be blindfolded and chained at the ankles and wrists and kept in a cell little bigger than a coffin.”
This is the reality for how our admin views these warriors— and how they could kill Ambassador Stephens with impunity.
Just like the drone going to Iran was a mistake.
And the doctor in Pakistan who helped us get bin Laden...his identity being released was a “mistake”, too, right?
They allow themselves 6 degrees of separation
It’s either total buffoonery or intentional.... either way it warrants someone losing their job! In the end, they probably get a promotion and a raise in this administration.
No mistake. Muslim solidarity.
Remember Seal Team 6
Same stuff, different day.
Follow the money — the opium money from Karzai’s brother. The station chief must have seen the money trail to the traitor.
Valerie Plame led to a special prosecutor because the claim was that Bush outed her on purpose.
As I recall, Libby went to jail for mistakenly representing a timeline that had no bearing on the actual case.
I’m surprised with so many of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House that Obama can make a mistake like this. Why didn’t they just use our diplomatic sources to tell their “buddies” this without exposing themselves?
Oh, surely this is a coincidence with the Obama White House. Nothing to see here, move along...
We either have children in the west wing
empty vessels inspired with the Evil One.
Yep, that's the one item of info in this article that tells you this was no accident.
Because , done this way, an individual in this Fifth Column of the White House cannot be accused of sedition, it was a simple “mistake”
Just wait until Obama watches TV. My guess is that he’s going to be mad
He heard it on CNN along with the rest of America. The world would flip on its axis if he ever said, “I read it on Free Republic.”
Everything commie nobama does is intentional...everything.
The CIA officer's name was included on a press tip sheet that was given to the White House's pool reporter, who then forwarded the list to the entire press poolabout 6,000 email addresses. The list contained the names of 15 people President Obama was scheduled to meet with during a visit to Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Mistakenly included was the name of the top U.S. spy in Kabul, identified on the list as the "Chief of Station."
yeah sure you betcha!
When this is the 4th time they’ve done this, how gullible to they think we are? Accident...sure. /sarc
If a mistake is made which benefits this administration, it’s no mistake.
Wilson said time pressure, a high level of activity tied to the presidents visit and the relative inexperience of the military officers involved could have contributed to the mistake.
The FOURTH time they’ve done it, would make you think a concerned person would be taking precautions.
Since there were no precautions, then what we have are persons in charge who were not concerned.
Inquiring minds read that to say “On purpose.”
The Ministry of Truth and Information - the New York Times - doesn't care about this...
I watched for this story on the news, must have missed it. I did hear on a radio report that this was no big dal, just a mistake from a young staffer...let’s move on.