CIA chief in Afghanistan outed in error by White House

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CIA chief in Afghanistan outed in error by White House
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On Saturday, the White House accidentally named the CIA chief in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports. The individual was listed as "Chief of Station" in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for the highest ranking spy in a country, in a briefing emailed to reporters.

The list of senior U.S. officials was distributed to reporters covering the surprise trip to the country by President Obama, then included in the White House pool report more widely disseminated to news organizations. Once senior White House officials discovered the name had inadvertently been announced, they quickly sent out a revised list. The Washington Post decided not to publish the individual's name at the request of administration officials, who said the officer and his family would be at risk.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.