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White House Launches Probe Into CIA Station Chief Disclosure (Politico)
The White House has launched an investigation into how the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan was released to the press Sunday during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to U.S. troops there, officials said. TVNewser White House counsel Neil Eggleston will oversee the investigation. FishbowlDC On Sunday as President Obama spoke at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a pool report sent to upwards of 6,000 journalists included the name of a CIA station chief in the country, as one of many briefing the President during his visit. HuffPost The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson, who wrote the pool report, had received the list from White House officials. Wilson included the list as part of a pool report from Obama’s visit to Afghanistan that was distributed Saturday by the White House press office, which later sent out a revised version not including the station chief’s name. Despite the pool report appearing in thousands of inboxes, all major news outlets have continued to withhold the covert agent’s name at the government’s request. Time The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity is known to the Afghan government. The release of the name is not only a faux pas in intelligence circles, but could jeopardize the CIA officer’s career and safety.

Katz, Lenfest Win Control of Philadelphia Inquirer Parent Company (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Philadelphia Inquirer co-owners Lewis Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest won control of the newspaper and its parent company Tuesday after a bidding war with other owners in a private auction at a Philadelphia law firm. Poynter / MediaWire They paid $88 million. Katz and Lenfest told the court they were “trying to right what we think was a wrong” when Inquirer editor Bill Marimow was fired. He was later reinstated by a judge. “I certainly hope to stay, and that — of course — is up to our owners,” Marimow said. Lenfest will serve as interim publisher, the new owners told staffers. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The bid was for IGM, which owns the Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, three websites and a printing plant. The company was formed two years ago along with George E. Norcross III, Joseph Buckelew and William Hankowsky, but disputes over how to run the company led to sharp disagreements. IGM has had a rocky history over the past few years. The company was bought and sold twice in 2006, went through a bankruptcy and has had two groups of local owners, in between ownership by a group of hedge funds. HuffPost The Inquirer newsroom reportedly got the news a little before 11 a.m. and an eruption of applause took over, the newspaper said. As for the losing group, Norcross, Hankowsky and Buckelew gave little comment after the decision but appeared relieved to have the legal battle behind them.

Report: Abramson Refused to Sign Non-Disparagement Agreement (The New Yorker / Daily Comment)
Friends of ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson say that she signed a nondisclosure document as part of her final settlement with the Times, agreeing not to reveal the financial terms of her termination. But she refused to sign a non-disparagement agreement, according to Ken Auletta of The New Yorker. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Auletta quotes an “adviser” who says Abramson said: “Just as I’m not going to end my job at The New York Times by lying, I’m not giving up my right to free speech.” The revelation means that Abramson may address the details regarding her termination at some point in the future. New York Magazine / Daily Intelligencer That doesn’t mean we’ll be getting an xoJane barn-burner anytime soon — “She does not want, friends say, to define herself as a disgruntled, terminated editor rather than as the distinguished journalist she has unquestionably been” — but a tell-all memoir to set the record straight somewhere down the line is not out of the question. Especially once Abramson realizes that her leadership style has been repeatedly and publicly undermined by her old boss. Auletta reports that Abramson has been avoiding the coverage of her ouster. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Auletta also reported more details about the firing. As the story stood, publisher Arthur Sulzberger was miffed that Abramson may have misled him about her plans to hire Janine Gibson of the Guardian to work on the paper’s digital operations — in a position with authority equal to that of reigning managing editor Dean Baquet. Though Abramson reportedly told Sulzberger that she’d kept Baquet apprised of the plans vis-a-vis Gibson, “Baquet has told friends that she did not clue him in,” reports Auletta.