WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s top lawyer is looking into how the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan was accidently revealed to thousands of journalists.
White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says chief counsel Neil Eggleston will also make recommendations for how to ensure something like that doesn’t happen again.
The officer’s name was included by U.S. Embassy staff on a list of American officials who met with Obama Sunday during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
The list was sent to a Washington Post reporter who was representing the news media, who then sent it out to the White House “press pool” list.
The Associated Press is withholding the officer’s name at the request of the Obama administration, which said its publication could put his life in danger.
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