’s top official in Kabul has been publicly identified by the
in an email accidentally circulated to thousands of journalists as part of President
weekend trip to Afghanistan.
The White House declined to comment on the mistake and most U.S. media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, did not release the official's name for his protection and that of his family.
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The inadvertent disclosure came Saturday as part of a list of names circulated by the White House of individuals who would participate in the president's brief trip to Afghanistan to express his thanks to soldiers there.
The list, which was circulated in a "pool report" sent to more than 6,000 journalists, identified the individual as "chief of station," which is the job title of the CIA's top official in a foreign country. Even the existence of CIA operations in a foreign country are usually kept secret.
The mistake was disclosed by the Washington Post, whose journalist served as the pool reporter during the trip.
In 2003, another CIA operative, Valerie Plame, was publicly identified by I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to Vice President