But it was just a mistake!
The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.
The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country.
It’s not like when that evil Dick Cheney and George W. “Chimpy McHitler” Bush viciously went after that sweet, noble and brave Valerie Plame because her husband tried to tell the truth about those guys lying us into a war, right, Mr. Miller?
The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances,(emphasis mine) when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of Obama administration officials who warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published. The CIA and the White House declined to comment.
That’s an interesting choice of words, isn’t it, as in that’s a complete mischaracterization of what happened. From Slate, by the late great Christopher Hitchens:
As most of us have long suspected, the man who told Novak about Valerie Plame was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s deputy at the State Department and, with his boss, an assiduous underminer of the president’s war policy. (His and Powell’s—and George Tenet’s—fingerprints are all over Bob Woodward’s “insider” accounts of post-9/11 policy planning, which helps clear up another nonmystery: Woodward’s revelation several months ago that he had known all along about the Wilson-Plame connection and considered it to be no big deal.
Why is the WaPo perpetuating this inaccurate version of the story? This misinformation is another example of what we so frequently chronicle here; that is, the irresistible impulse on the part of so many of our friends in the Lame Stream Media to latch on to a false narrative and endlessly repeat it. See The Mathew Shepard fairy tale, and The Lily Ledbetter Lie.
Yes, poor Scooter Libby got caught in Patrick Fitzgerald’s perjury trap, and his sentence was commuted by Pres. George W. Bush. What a disgraceful and pathetic episode!
Can you imagine what the LSM would be saying if the Bush administration had made this “mistake?”