Monday, May 26, 2014

White House Leaks Name of Kabul CIA Station Chief

Incompetence, anyone? No one thinks that the Obama White House did it on purpose. Everyone accepts that administrative incompetence caused it to reveal the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul yesterday.

Since everyone knows that the Obama White House is completely incompetent, no one suspects an ulterior motive. The media yawned.

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.

To provide context, the Post makes this impressively misleading statement:

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, 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.

One recalls that Congressional Democrats and the leftist media flew into paroxysms of rage over the leaking of the name of former CIA analyst, Valerie Plame.  It allowed for the persecution, prosecution and conviction of Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby … for lying under oath.

Clearly, there is no comparison between the potential damage that would occur from leaking the name of the CIA’s Kabul station chief and the damage that was incurred by leaking the name of Valerie Plame.

Moreover, the Post does not bother to mention that Plame was leaked by Richard Armitage, Secretary of State Colin Powell’s closest advisor. And it does not mention that while Karl Rove and Scooter Libby were being investigated and persecuted, neither Armitage nor Powell stepped forth to tell the truth.

Even today, with the information readily available, a Washington Post reporter cannot deign to tell the story accurately.


Stuart Schneiderman said...

I'm not sure how it happened, but the following comment did not seem to post directly to the blog.

It was posted by anonymous:

"I think you need to emphasize that Plame was an analyst based in Washington, not a station chief based in a dangerous foreign local. As an ambassador's wife she was already tied to the US government. She had already been publicly linked to the CIA, as well. She wasn't exactly an undercover field operative working under dangerous conditions."

Sam L. said...

Did we not already assess this administration as Incometent?

Lastango said...

+1 on the Stuart/anonymous comment above. The notion that Plame was had some sort of secret status that could be leaked is utterly fraudulent.

But then, so were the careers of professional-parasite Plame and her apparatchik husband.

n.n said...

It was either incompetence/negligence or a warning shot.