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Obama Blames Hagel for CIA Leak Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, May 27, 2014, 08:39 PM

President Barry Obama is now blaming the Pentagon, not himself, for issuing a formal press release to the Russian media that disclosed than name of the CIA station chief of Afghanistan. He contends that it was the US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who authorized the CIA press statement.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The White House has launched an investigation into the apparent inadvertent disclosure of the identity of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan on Sunday. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asked new White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to look into the release of the official's name, which was included on a list of names participating in a military briefing with President Barack Obama during his trip to Afghanistan on Sunday. That list was subsequently emailed to thousands of reporters."

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden is quoted as saying that, "The Chief of Staff has asked the White House Counsel, Neil Eggleston, to look into what happened and report back to him with recommendations on how the Administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again,"

As reported by the Houston Chronicle, "The White House's mistake was noted by Washington Post reporter Scott Wilson, who was the pool reporter for Obama's trip. He pointed out the apparent mistake to White House officials, who told Wilson they assumed the list was suitable for publication because it was provided by the military."

Apparently, the press release disclosed that American reporters copy-and-paste White House report summaries, which then hit news wires and intended to look like an independent journalist had written the article.

To read the entire article from the Houston Chronicle, link here:

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