White House accidentally names CIA chief

Washington

White House accidentally names CIA chief

The CIA's top official in Kabul has been publicly identified by the White House in an email accidentally circulated to thousands of journalists as part of President Barack Obama's surprise Memorial Day weekend trip to Afghanistan. The White House declined to comment on the mistake and most U.S. media outlets did not release the official's name for his protection and that of his family. The inadvertent disclosure came Saturday as part of a list of names circulated by the White House of individuals who would participate in the president's brief trip to Afghanistan to express his thanks to soldiers there.

India

Opposition leader becomes premier

Opposition party leader Narendra Modi became India's prime minister Monday, a little more than a week after his Hindu nationalist party scored a decisive win at the polls. A gathering of world leaders included Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan. His attendance was seen as a goodwill gesture between the rival nations.

Elsewhere

Watford City, N.D.: A tornado severely damaged about 15 trailers housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch on Monday, the National Weather Service said. It wasn't clear if anyone was hurt.

South Africa: Oscar Pistorius' murder trial began a new phase Monday when the Olympic athlete arrived at a state psychiatric hospital for a monthlong evaluation.

Thailand: Thailand's new military leader said Monday that the junta would hold power "indefinitely."

Times wires

White House accidentally names CIA chief 05/26/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2014 11:33pm]

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