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COVER BLOWN: Top U.S. spy in Afghanistan revealed in memo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/26/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Washington Post was first to reveal secret

The top U.S. spy in Afghanistan has been inadvertently revealed on a memo given to reporters accompanying President Barack Obama during a surprise visit to Kabul. An individual named as "Chief of Station," which is the title given to the top CIA officer in a given country was shown. The memo immediately retracted, and a new memo was issued.

U.S. President Barack Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan came with a personal pledge to bring America's longest war to a 'responsible end' by the close of the year.

U.S. President Barack Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan came with a personal pledge to bring America's longest war to a "responsible end" by the close of the year.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/26/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: CIA, Obama, Afghanistan, security breach


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The gesture came as too little, too late. The Washington Post newspaper was the first to report the breach. The Post declined to name the officer publicly for fear of putting him or his family at risk.

According to the Post, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham and 14 others were also named on the memo, including several senior military officials. All were identified as having being included in a meeting with President Obama at Bagram Air Force Base, just outside Afghanistan's capital city Kabul.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Reporters received the message via email, which was then passed along to other news organizations as part of the "pool report," which is a summary of events collected by primary reporters and then passed to other news organizations not in attendance -- for use at their discretion.

More than 6,000 recipients received the pool report assembled by the Post's White House bureau chief.

It was only the second time in recent memory that a CIA officer's cover was blown by the very government he or she is working to protect.

Previously, Valerie Plame was infamously exposed by officials from President George W. Bush's administration as they worked to discredit her ambassador husband while he railed against the government over the second Iraq war.

It's not yet known if the top spy in Afghanistan will be forced to return to the U.S.

U.S. President Barack Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan came with a personal pledge to bring America's longest war to a "responsible end" by the close of the year.

Obama exhorted troops at the Kabul military base that the war had reached a pivotal point, with Afghan forces assuming primary responsibility for their country's security.

While many of the 32,800 U.S. forces now in Afghanistan will leave in the coming months, Obama said a continued military presence could help protect gains made during nearly 13 years of fighting.

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