The accidental disclosure of the identity of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan by the Obama administration could affect operations in that country — even target the entire unit for assassination by the Taliban, political operatives said Monday.
"It looks like a rookie mistake, but it's in year six of the administration," retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who directed both the CIA and the National Security Agency, told Newsmax. "It's a bit stunning. You would never expect to see that in material that's been made public."
Former House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax that the CIA agent "is now compromised. I just classify this as a major blunder by the Obama White House national security staff."
"I do not know how long this person has been in Kabul, but they're not going to be there for long," Hoekstra added. "They'll probably be moved within a couple of days."
Bob Baer, a retired CIA agent, told CNN that administration officials are "going to have to pull him out now that he's been identified publicly."
"The Taliban probably didn't know his name before, but they will now," he said. "They will focus on attempting to assassinate him — and I think it is just a matter of fact that they will pull him out of Afghanistan."
In an embarrassing flub for the White House, the CIA official's name was included in an email sent to thousands of journalists during President Barack Obama's surprise Memorial Day trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
The officer's name — identified as "chief of station" in Kabul — was included by U.S. embassy staff on a list of 15 senior U.S. officials who met with Obama during the Saturday visit.
The list was sent to a reporter for The Washington Post who was representing the news media, who then sent it out to the White House "press pool" list, which contains as many as 6,000 recipients.
The officer's name was being withheld by many news organizations at the request of the Obama administration, who said its publication could put his life and those of his family members in danger.
A Google search, however, appeared to reveal the name of the officer's wife and other personal details.
What number scandal is this?????? I have lost track of his incompetence and lack of any skill set at all.
Hopefully our next prez will at least know how to engineer a nocturnal emission, which the Doper could not do.
A white House full of, pot heads is what we have now.
Obama is perfect... That is what the Media told us... So this was not a blunder... It was done on purpose...Just like the mid-statements about everything else...all part of Obama-s Grand Plan to make USA the least important nation in the world...