White House Takes Action on ‘Inadvertent’ Release of CIA Station Chief’s Name

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — White House counsel Neil Eggleston presented the findings of his internal investigation into the unintentional release of the name of a CIA station chief in Afghanistan last month to President Obama and his chief of staff on Wednesday.

The investigation confirmed that the release was “inadvertent,” but the White House opted not to identify the person at fault. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that there had not yet been any punishments or firings related to the report.

The report did come with three recommendations that the president’s chief of staff accepted for immediate implementation. On future international trips, the White House will notify participants ahead of time and allow them to object to their name being on the list provided to media and pool reports; all names will be cleared with national security staff; and scheduling and advance staffs will receive additional training in handling sensitive information.

The White House would not say whether the CIA station chief in question was still in Afghanistan. The CIA would only answer the same question by saying that the “situation has been addressed.”

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