White House To Probe Accidental Naming of CIA Station Chief

TIME

The White House has launched an internal investigation into this weekend’s accidental disclosure of the identity of the Central Intelligence Agency’s top spy in Afghanistan.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Tuesday that Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough asked White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to investigate Sunday’s release of the individual’s identity in an email to thousands of journalists.

The disclosure came after a military official prepared a list of those participating in a briefing with President Barack Obama in Afghanistan Sunday, including the so-called “chief of station,” to a White House staffer for release to reporters. The designated “print pooler” forwarded the list back to the White House, which then sent it to a distribution list that numbers into the thousands of reporters and also includes an array of Democratic operatives and uncleared White House and administration staffers.

The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity…

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