Top CIA officer in Afghanistan mistakenly named by White House: report

Soldiers take photos as U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with troops after delivering remarks at Bagram Air Base in KabulThe White House inadvertently included the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan on a list of participants in a military briefing with President Barack Obama that was distributed to reporters on Sunday, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper said the official, identified as “Chief of Station” in Kabul, was named as being among those at a briefing with Obama during the president’s trip to Bagram Air Base near the Afghan capital. The list of names was sent by email to reporters traveling with Obama on his surprise Afghanistan visit and included in a “pool report” shared with correspondents and others not on the trip.     The Post said the White House issued a revised list deleting the CIA official’s name after it recognized the mistake.     The newspaper said its White House bureau chief, Scott Wilson, who was on the trip, copied the original list from the email provided by White House press officials and included it in a report sent to a distribution list with over 6,000 recipients.     After he spotted the reference to the station chief, Wilson asked White House press officials in Afghanistan if they had intended to include that name, the Post said.     “Initially, the press office raised no objection, apparently because military officials had provided the list to distribute to news organizations,” the Post added.

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