In a stunning revelation about Obama’s secret Afghanistan troop visit, the administration is forced to admit they outed the top spook in the area. Ever quick to scramble, on anything scandal related, they called it an accident and revised their press blurb. Too late they already had spread the word though most outfits did not release the name after. Yea, let’s just call it an accident. But I’m not so sure. (who can be certain about the reasoning of anything in this twisted regime?)
See, if we learned one thing in the last year of scandals, it is that the administration prides itself on its talking points. The information it gave the press was a list of the supporting staff and network in Afghanistan. Always wanting to thank their subordinates and cronies, they issued the release with the name on it with various VIPs.
May 26th 2014 2:32PM
By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON (AP) – In an embarrassing flub, the Obama administration accidentally revealed the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan in an email to thousands of journalists during the president’s surprise Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field.
The officer’s name – identified as “chief of station” in Kabul – was included by U.S. embassy staff on a list of 15 senior American officials who met with President Obama during the Saturday visit. The list was sent to a Washington Post reporter who was representing the news media, who then sent it out to the White House “press pool” list, which contains as many as 6,000 recipients.
The Associated Press is withholding the officer’s name at the request of the Obama administration, who said its publication could put his life and those of his family members in danger. A Google search appears to reveal the name of the officer’s wife and other personal details.
The intentional disclosure of the name of a “covered” operative is a crime under the U.S. Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
That’s right, on first blush you notice they referred to the person as the “station chief”. This on the heels of Benghazigate, where we heard such words regularly. Knowing full well station chief refers to CIA, even most people know that. Its a no-brainer. I could see if they released the name only but listing the title “station chief” should give anyone pause. But then what does it really matter if they did it intentionally or not? Then they revised it, but only thanks to a reporter that they caught it at all.
How nice that the press are taking it on themselves to withhold it, as if that fixes the problem. I bet Al Jazeera will be as kind too. More troubling that the information was WH cleared prior to release.
Of course, we haven’t heard the last of this and a “oops” won’t make it go away. These are the same people that were so hyper sensitive about Valerie Plame, who for all intents and purposes was in Washington. Whether she was or not under cover at the time. Here you have the station chief divulged in a war zone, at a super critical time, especially as we consider a mass exodus from there. It will be interesting to hear how the media try to bury this as a non-issue. Obama is just a walking talking scandal machine.
Accidentally, no foul, no harm…yet. Oh, he was leaving anyway. I expect that’s the sort of excuses we’ll here.
But the even more interesting thing is that in his speech Obama went out of his way to thank ambassadors and their families for the sacrifices they make too, often at great personal risk or in harms way. And then they out a top operative in the area. They are they same people who went after Fox’s James Rosen, and his family, for leaking information, threatening charges. But carefree Obamanoids give away data by themselves. Well, not like it was intentional or something.
Good thing there would never be an accidental leak of secret information on Obama, and his super-secret records though. Heads would roll then.
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