When the Obama White House released the list of names to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in Obama’s visit to Afghanistan, it “mistakenly” included the name of the highest ranking CIA spy in the country, effectively putting the agent and his family potentially in extreme danger.
The Washington Post reported the story, agreeing not to publish the name of the CIA chief at the request of the Obama regime officials who “warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published.” Both the CIA and the Obama White House refused to comment on the matter to the paper.
However, the damage is likely already done as the cat is already out of the proverbial bag, as this reporter with Roll Call announced on Twitter Sunday evening:
According to the WAPO report, the list was “distributed to a list of more than 6,000 recipients,” making the likelihood of protecting the agent’s name very slim:
Like many other reporters, I do have the name of the “Chief of Station” on an email that’s sitting in my Inbox.— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) May 26, 2014
The list was circulated by e-mail to reporters who traveled to Afghanistan with Obama, and disseminated further when it was included in a “pool report,” or summary of the event meant to be shared with other news organizations, including foreign media, not taking part in the trip.
In this case, the pool report was filed by Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson. Wilson said he had copied the list from the e-mail provided by White House press officials. He sent his pool report to the press officials, who then distributed it to a list of more than 6,000 recipients.
During the George W. Bush administration, the mainstream media was in a crazed state of obsession over the so-called “outing” of Valerie Plame, who many argue (including her own supervisor) was outed by her own husband, Joe Wilson.
It will be interesting to see whether the mainstream media will hold the same level of outrage towards Obama for a much clearer case of the outright, indefensible outing of a CIA agent.