White House orders review of accidental CIA leak
May 27th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
3 months ago

White House orders review of accidental CIA leak

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has ordered a review of how the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan was inadvertently released to reporters, Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"It shouldn't have happened. We're trying to figure out why it happened. In fact, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asked the White House consel to look into it, to figure out what happened and to make sure it won't happen again," Blinken said in an interview that will air Tuesday on "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET.

Asked if the individual will have to leave Afghanistan now that his identity has been compromised, Blinken said he couldn't comment on the details.

"But you can rest assured that the security of this person is foremost in our minds and will be taken care of," he added.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    ""The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health,""

    Sorry, MO, but they lost on the ACA, so now they feel they need to repeal anything you've done....as if it's some sort of victory for them to hold up millions of hungry kids' scalps as trophies. Pyrrhic at best.

    May 27, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Chip

    Accidental, careless or negligent. At least it was not vindictive, i.e. Valarie Pflame. P.S. I am not a bleeding heart liberal or socialist. I have voted R in all presidential elections, except "W" 2nd time. That was just plain wrong.

    May 27, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Asked if the individual will have to leave Afghanistan now that his identity has been compromised, Blinken said he couldn't comment on the details."

    I see. And was the next question on the list "what's his residential address and the name and address of the school where his children go every day?"?? Maybe follow up with a little "where does his wife do her shopping and what kinds of cars do they drive...and what are the license plate numbers?" Or "when and where are the kids next scheduled to be playing soccer???"

    The MSM is patently ridiculous.

    May 27, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Thomas

    "It shouldn't have happened. We're trying to figure out why it happened.

    Sounds like a job for Darrell Issa !

    May 27, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Name. willard

    I said no excuse obama for 5 year right

    May 27, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    Mistakes do happen all the time to the best and the worse people thats a no brainy . Some just make more than others . Som lern frm dem som dnt .

    May 27, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. smith

    @Sniffit-In 2012 the FBI website has 69% firearm related homicides and 31% homicides by other means. Those are most updated and complete numbers to date. I have no idea where you pulled your numbers from but once again they are wrong.

    May 27, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. brownbuttonglutton

    Plame was outed by a reporter. Also she was retired when outed. This is worse hopefully it is investigated as vigerously as the plame incident.

    May 27, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Stuffitu

    Where is the outrage like when Valerie Plame was outed. It was followed by so much outrage by the Bush deranged democrat liberals and thei synchophants in the mainstream media.

    May 27, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. phantom235

    No accident.

    May 27, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Thomas Harold Richards

    Time to follow the Obama Crisis Potocol;
    1. Claim that it was the first time you heard about the issue
    2. Blame
    3. Fake outrage and act upset
    4. Blame
    5. Promise change
    6. Downplay the situation
    7. Distract
    8. Blame
    9. Have legions of ObamaBots say it is okay to do the wrong thing
    10. Blame
    11. New step: flood the news with crisis situations

    May 27, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The BUSH Cheney administration did the SAME thing, BUT IT WASNT AN ACCIDENT!!!!

    May 27, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Sniffit
    ""The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health,""

    "Sorry, MO, but they lost on the ACA, so now they feel they need to repeal anything you've done....as if it's some sort of victory for them to hold up millions of hungry kids' scalps as trophies. Pyrrhic at best."

    But, as you mentioned, Sniffit, it's all about WHO the hungry kids are: rural = Real Amurika, urban = brown scourge destroying our nation.

    What's really laughable is the opiate-addiction stats for "real America" ... the "heartland" is drowning in a sea of pain pills ... where's the outrage about THAT drain on our country?

    May 27, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. ED1

    Anything the White House does scares me.

    May 27, 2014 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. Tony D

    Every week brings yet another case of Obama administration INCOMPETENCE that threatens peoples lives, or in many other cases like Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the VA, gets people KILLED. After 5.5 years in office there is no way this should be happening. It had to have been seen and approved by multiple people.

    I am sure the guy was on the flight back with Obama or they'd be dead in days.

    May 27, 2014 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. just asking

    Sniffit
    The MSM is patently ridiculous.
    --

    who are you trying to fool?! you sure don't have a problem with them when they cover for and refuse to report on obama administration disasters. they helped push obama's lies and got him re-elected and have been in bed with him from the start. they are a propaganda wing of the far left democrat party. heck, pravda was more objective than they are!

    May 27, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm sure Hannity, Rush and klan have come up with an Obama did it! And he did it on purpose!
    FIFY

    May 27, 2014 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. J.V.Hodgson

    This leak is not good.
    That said however irrespective of his name, chief of station is most likely located in the US embassy in Kabul... at least that's the norm or maybe he's on Bagram air base the options are limited.
    The question is and remains from a terrorist perspective where is he... It s highly likely his name was known to them anyway.

    The solution is unfortunate ly Two fold:
    1) Send his replacement now for a 3-6 month handover, even if it involves his relocation for now. A risk to his life has been created.
    2) Come the troop withdrawal, the New guy takes over, moves location, and be sure we have enough defenders of that location adequately staffed/ funded.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 28, 2014 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    We are more TRANSPARENT" than ever before?

    May 28, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  20. george

    Anyone else find it curious that this administration finds it ok to review itself and yet when anyone that disagrees with them is in the same situation they are yelling for a special council. Anyone????

    May 28, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |