Wasn't honestly which of my blogs this story best belonged it, but considering the total scope of this screw-up, I figure this is as good a place as any.
Without giving away too much to the story, the White House accidentally released the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan in a list of officials President Obama would be meeting with when he made his surprise visit to Afghanistan over the weekend.
Obviously, this was a MASSIVE cock-up for the West Wing (I personally would suspect the Press Secretaries office since it was apparently released to press pool), and shouldn't be simply shrugged off as just an accident. I don't doubt it was an accident but the possible repercussions of this "accident" could be dramatic and deadly (for this CIA's official and for his loved ones). Not to mention it makes the West Wing look it's being run by a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears interns.
If I was the President, somebody's head would be rolling right about..yesterday.
In all likelihood, we'll never hear one way or another WHO exactly was responsible for this screw-up, lets just hope this serves as a lesson for the West Wing: when planning a surprise Presidential visit to a country full of people who don't like us, best NOT to release the name of the local spy master...
White House mistakenly reveals CIA officials name - Middle East - Stripes