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White House picks wrong time to make good on ‘historic levels of transparency’ promise

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By Doug Powers  •  May 25, 2014 11:57 PM

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If you want the latest Obamacare data from the “most transparent administration in history,” you’ll have to wait for a long time. However, if you want to know the name of the CIA’s station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan, no biggie!

From 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.

The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government.
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The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of Obama administration officials who warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published.

The White House issued a revised list — after the email containing the name of the CIA’s Kabul station chief had already been emailed to 6,000 recipients. What could possibly go wrong?

The White House is expected to issue an official response after President Obama learns about the station chief’s blown cover from news reports a few days from now.

Update:

The CIA official who had his cover blown by the White House will leave Afghanistan, if he hasn’t already.

Update II:

The White House will get to the bottom of this, because they are going to investigate themselves to find out who “accidentally” named the CIA station chief in Kabul. They’ll “accidentally” release the name of another CIA station chief before they identify the person responsible for the blunder.

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