The Obama administration flubbed again. The details can get people killed. The act is inexcusable and amateurish. The Obama administration must have their feet kept to the fire by Congress for leaking the name of a CIA post chief. This is worse than the Valerie Plame exposure, while of the same ilk. It was accidental, but a terrible mistake. Heads must roll among those responsible for supervision and checking. Americans must expect 100% accuracy and care in such matters -- zero mistakes. Trying to “unring” the bell is just adding to the problem. You cannot release the name to 6,000 journalists and expect a recall to be effective.
“White House staff tried to 'un-ring the bell' after revealing CIA chief's identity
White House press office unaware it had circulated name
Washington Post journalist sounded alert after filing report
Tom McCarthy in New York and agencies
The Guardian, Monday 26 May 2014 13.24 EDT
President Barack Obama greets US troops during a his visit to Afghanistan, which led to the CIA's station chief's identification. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
The White House blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama.
The name was then emailed by the White House press office to a distribution list of more than 6,000 recipients, mostly members of the US media.”
Who made the mistake? Was it Jay Carney? Who is the person who made the list? Who approved it?