The truism, "don't believe everything you read", probably applies here too.Big Barack Blunder! Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Blows Key Official’s Cover
Author: EditorPosted: May 27, 2014Comments: 0
Over Memorial Day weekend, while President Obama was in the middle of his surprise visit to our nation’s troops in Afghanistan, the White House was doing major damage control.
During the trip, the administration blew the cover of the CIA “Chief of Station” in Kabul, which is a HUGE foreign policy blunder. Incredible!:
The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.
The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country.
The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of Obama administration officials who warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published. The CIA and the White House declined to comment.
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.
via The Washington Post
When Edward Snowden leaked government secrets, Barack Obama and his administration were outraged. And when CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s name was leaked during the Bush administration in 2003, the media spent months covering both stories so vigorously that it resulted in Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to then-Vice-President Dick Cheney, being convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the case.
This basic failure of protocol is a shamefully amateur misstep for our Commander in Chief. Let’s see just how much the media cares about the fallout.
People were afraid to use sugar substitutes for a long time because they said it caused cancer until it was announced a human would have to consume a car full of it.
Then it was eggs that were taboo until it was announced - oops, we were wrong. And all you heard was that jingle "the incredible edible egg" for months afterwards.
There are a lot worse things in hospitals that we should worry about more besides vapor from e-cigarettes. Pretty sure.