Last weekend, a White House press report distributed to 6,000 journalists, included the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan, alongside said title.
On Friday, the Columbia Journalism Review reported that, “all indications suggest that every outlet has complied with the government’s request to refrain from publishing the name.”
The incident led to the White House launching a probe into how the name was included in the report and how it can be prevented going forward.
First discovered by The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson – who was in the pool at the time distributing notes of the President’s visit to Bagram Air Base to the 6k+ media list – the outing posed a major security risk for the station chief and his family.
“There’s no policy against making public a CIA station chief’s name, but it would have to be, for us, in the context of a story. There would have to be a reason to make the name known,” said Wilson, on weighing the value of naming and thus outing the station chief. “People would have to think long and hard about why you would want to do that…There’s no reason to do it. There’s no public value to it.”
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