President Obama's trip to Afghanistan wasn't the only surprise yesterday. During a routine press conference, the White House inadvertently sent out the name of the CIA Kabul Station Chief to a list of 6,000 reporters. As the Washington Post first reported:
The CIA officer was one of 15 senior U.S. officials identified as taking part in a military briefing for Obama at Bagram air base, a sprawling military compound north of Kabul. Others included U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham and Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in the country.
Their names were included on a list of participants in the briefing provided by U.S. military officials to the White House press office.
The station chief's name was left out of subsequent reporting on the disclosure, but since country singer Brad Paisley accompanied President Obama on his trip to Afghanistan, there was fun to be had.
Pretty shocked that Brad Paisley was the CIA's Kabul station chief.— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) May 26, 2014
Understandably and/or predictably, some did not find the incident funny:
There's no word about whether the station chief will be reassigned, although that's probably a safe bet.
#AFG WH mistakenly " outs" CIA station chief here in Kabul is now making headlines on major Afghan TV& radio stations in AFGHANISTAN.— Bilal Sarwary (@bsarwary) May 26, 2014