WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accidentally revealed the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan in an email to thousands of journalists during the president’s surprise weekend trip to Bagram Air Field.
The officer’s name, Myron Fibbleschmit Doosendoifer Calloway — identified as “chief of station” in Kabul — was included by U.S. embassy staff on a list of 15 senior American officials who met with President Obama during the Saturday visit. 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, which contains as many as 6,000 recipients.
Work ground to s a standstill as 6,000 writers rolled on the floor with laughter at hearing the CIA man’s name. When asked his reaction to his name being released, Fibbleschmit Doosendoifer Calloway said, “It’s a serious inconvenience. Since my name was revealed the Afghans have been ordering pizzas in my name and have put burning bags of dog crap on my front stoop. Which I stamped out. And got dog crap all over my shoe.”
Fibbleschmit Doosendoifer Calloway will likely be replaced in his post as his cover was the only thing protecting him from abject humiliation and bullying.
The Associated Press is withholding the officer’s name at the request of the Obama administration, who said its publication could put his life and those of his family members in danger. A Google search appears to reveal the name of the officer’s wife and other personal details.
White House officials realized the error after the Post reporter notified them, and sent out a new list without the station chief’s name. Other major news organizations, including the Post, also agreed not to publish the officer’s name. We at TTLA had no such reservations. “How can you not release a name like that?” asked several reporters who also had no qualms about passing on the mistake.