Members of the press and staff board Air Force One at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 26, 2014.
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White House mistakenly blows cover of CIA official in Afghanistan

The name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan was mistakenly exposed by the White House on Sunday during President Obama’s surprise trip to the war-torn country.

The officer’s name (which is being redacted by the media to protect the individual’s safety) was accidentally included in a memo to the press listing senior U.S. officials involved in the commander-in-chief’s trip, according to the Washington Post.

The White House soon recognized it had made a mistake and issued another revised list without the official’s name.

It is unclear if the disclosure could result in the CIA pulling the officer out of Afghanistan.

The CIA Afghanistan chief was one of several who participated in a briefing for Obama at Bagram Air Field. Also attending were Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of the U.S. and coalition forces in the country and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham.

Obama, who left the nation’s capitol on Saturday night and was on the ground at the air field in Afghanistan for about four hours, was back in D.C. on Monday morning.

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White House mistakenly blows cover of CIA official in Afghanistan