WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The CIA official whose cover was inadvertently blown by the White House will have to leave Afghanistan, according to CBS News.
CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports that the CIA’s top officer in Kabul will have to leave the country to avoid retribution from the Taliban. Intelligence sources have also told CBS News that it’s possible the officer has already fled the country.
The blown cover was first reported by The Washington Post after the agent’s name was included on a list to news organizations of officials to meet President Barack Obama during surprise trip to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops.
The initial release had “Chief of Station” next to the CIA official’s name. According to The Post, the CIA official was one of 15 senior U.S. officials who took part in a military briefing with Obama at Bagram air base.
Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson filed the pool report and distributed to more than 6,000 recipients.
“Initially, the press office raised no objection, apparently because military officials had provided the list to distribute to news organizations. But senior White House officials realized the mistake and scrambled to issue an updated list without the CIA officer’s name. The mistake, however, already was being noted on Twitter, although without the station chief’s name,” The Post reported.
The agent’s name was not released by news organizations.