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  • 27 May 2014, 9:12

White House Accidentally Names Top Spy

The top US spy in Afghanistan may have had his cover blown after the White House inadvertently put his name on a list distributed to the media.

The name of the CIA's Chief of Station in Kabul was accidentally attached to a list of officials set to meet President Barack Obama during his surprise visit to Afghanistan at the weekend, The Washington Post reported.

The newspaper's White House bureau chief spotted the unusual listing and alerted Obama administration officials.

The White House press office realised the error and quickly distributed a new list minus the CIA officer's name.

The original list was provided by military officials and forwarded to the White House press office.

It was then sent on to some 6,000 reporters, according to the Post.

The paper did not report the operative's name at the request of administration officials who were concerned for the agent and his family's safety.

The CIA and White House have not commented on the matter.

Mr Obama made the unannounced visit to Bagram Airfield on Sunday - the eve of the Memorial Day holiday, which honours America's fallen servicemen and women.

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