White House Accidentally Reveals CIA's Top Spy In Afghanistan

from the and-snowden-is-the-problem? dept

For all the exaggerated talk of how much “damage” Ed Snowden has done, he hasn’t actually revealed the names of any spies or put them in any danger. No, that’s the White House’s job. An apparent slip-up meant that the White House distributed a list of people at a press briefing in Afghanistan that clearly identified the CIA’s top spy in the country.

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.

Perhaps even more incredible is that, at first, the White House denied there was a problem with the list, until someone apparently figured out what happened:

In this case, the pool report was filed by Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson. Wilson said he had copied the list from the e-mail provided by White House press officials. He sent his pool report to the press officials, who then distributed it to a list of more than 6,000 recipients.

Wilson said that after the report was distributed, he noticed the unusual reference to the station chief and asked White House press officials in Afghanistan whether they had intended to include that name.

Initially, the press office raised no objection, apparently because military officials had provided the list to distribute to news organizations. But senior White House officials realized the mistake and scrambled to issue an updated list without the CIA officer’s name. The mistake, however, already was being noted on Twitter, although without the station chief’s name.

Meanwhile, back in the US, the guy who blew the whistle on the CIA’s waterboarding program is sitting in jail for “revealing” a CIA agent’s name, when he actually did much, much less (simply confirming to a reporter the name of someone that reporter might want to talk to about a story). But, as double standards tend to go, I would imagine no one will be going to jail over this much more serious leak. After all, whoever fucked up and put it in the list probably hasn’t blown the whistle on a program like the US torturing people.

Obviously, mistakes happen, but it’s fairly incredible how the same people will brush off “mistakes” like this one, while going absolutely crazy over claims that John Kiriakou or Thomas Drake or Ed Snowden somehow caused a tremendous amount of “harm” despite no evidence to actually support those claims.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Technically it’s not a crime when the president reveals classified information.

The way the law is written the president can declassify anything they want, without asking anyone. A president could declassify everything the government knows and it wouldn’t be illegal.

But that doesn’t mean that congress and defense hawks wouldn’t be frothing mad about it.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Brace for it

A better way to phrase it.

Regardless of whether if be

4 more or less than 4000….

Does it matter if they died under questionable circumstances, regardless of numbers?

More people have died in car accidents per year than we have lost per year in any wars we have fought since Desert Storm. But I bet you will say that the 100 dying in a war are > then the 100,000 dead in auto accidents.

Perspective is a bitch, mind yours.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Brace for it

I think I cleared the entire gamut with what I already said.

But to be more concise.

You are drinking the same kool-aid the people you hate were drinking when Bush was in.

That is your perspective… “mine can do no wrong but yours are evil incarnate” Get it now?

Baron von Robber says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Brace for it

Get your kool-aid tested. I didn’t vote for him 2nd time around. I abstained, you twit.

I’m just not getting excited over 4 dead over a lie about who attacked them when there are 4000+ dead, over a lie(s) that profited the VP at the time.

The first is shameful. We should protect our ambassadors better than that especially in hostile territories.

But to do nothing about the latter and go batshit over the former is a sign of too much kool-aid.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Brace for it

Not only that, the President and his administration concocted a lie as a cover up, told that to the American people and the international community (the UN). Then lied about the lie. But it seems his supporters don’t care about people being killed or about being lied to.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Brace for it

If president Obama “himself” declassifies an operative cover while they are in the field then no he cannot do it.

It would still technically be illegal as nothing other than “Treason”.

But the real question, do you even thing the Democratic Party would even think of doing this to one of their own? Obama could lead a foreign Army across our border and they would just call everyone that disagreed with it/him a racist.

get2djnow says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Brace for it

You’re a moron. GWB outed no one. Richard Armitage, a Libtard who weaseled his way into the Bush Administration, outed her. Scooter Libby was convicted of lying to an FBI agent and obstruction of justice during the witch hunt that you Leftards sanctioned. Never, did anyone suspect GWB of outing Wilson’s wife.

Baro says:

Re: Re: Re: Brace for it

The Plame affair (also known as the CIA leak scandal and Plamegate) was a political scandal that revolved around journalist Robert Novak’s public identification of Valerie Plame as a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer in 2003. [1][2][3]

In 2002, Plame recommended her husband, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, to the CIA for a mission to Niger to investigate claims that Iraq had arranged to purchase and import uranium from the country. Wilson initially bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts, but after President George W. Bush made the same claim during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Wilson denied his initial pre-war assessment. [4]

In response, Wilson published a July 2003 op-ed in The New York Times detailing the negative results of his investigation. A week later, Novak published a column which mentioned claims from “two senior administration officials” that Plame had been the one to suggest sending her husband. Novak had learned of Plame’s employment, which was classified information, from State Department official Richard Armitage. [2] Many [who?] alleged that Armitage and other officials had leaked the information as political retribution for Wilson’s article.

The scandal led to a criminal investigation; although no one was charged for the leak itself, Scooter Libby was convicted of lying to investigators. His prison sentence was ultimately commuted by President Bush

From Wikipedia.

You have issues with reality.

Michael (profile) says:

This is just another reason Snowden couldn’t have gone through the ‘proper’ channels. Had he done so, and gotten the White House to actually notify the public about the NSA abuse, all of the agents’ names in the documents would have been revealed through White House blunders and hundreds – or possibly thousands of lives would be in jeopardy.

+1 Snowden

Anonymous Coward says:

Our leaders are as crooked as they come. It is getting to the point where the only way for change to take place will be at the end of a barrel.

Citizens of other countries didnt have to muck thru a bunch of bogus democracy before they figured it out. We on the other hand have had 11 years of BS and are finally seeing thru the crap.

Pragmatic says:

Re: Re:

I wish that were true. Today I spoke to a man who said, “Our president is crap.”

“Why do you hate him?” I asked.

“…”

That’s your problem. When people think too simplistically to base their opinions on anything solid, something is wrong. Had he said, “Because he persecutes whistleblowers,” I’d have agreed, but his unwillingness or inability to properly articulate his reasoning (if any) indicates unwillingness to think for himself.

It’s why we get people advocating violence as the solution. Why? Because taking responsibility is hard.

Not enough of us are seeing thru the crap, my friend. We’re too busy blaming Blue Team or Red team for it.

Annonimus says:

Has anybody released the spy's name to the public?

If not that proves that the press is still capable of judging for themselves what kind of classified data should be kept out of the news.

If someone did release the name than that is the fault of both the government and the news outlet that did do that. The government failed to be secretive with a valuable asset while encouraging negligence and corruption in the intelligence community. And the news outlet failed because they just put a name out there without thinking about consequences because they are either compliant drones or idiots that don’t know the difference between relevant and irrelevant info.

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