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13 February 2012

CIA Kabul Chief of Station Named

A sends:

I recently sorted out the identity of the CIA Kabul chief of station (all through open sources, of course). Apparently no one has reported it on the web yet.

The triggering information was a WSJ article :

which gave a significant bit of information:

"In the chaos of battle in December 2001, a U.S. military officer accidentally ordered a bomb drop on a meeting between Mr. Karzai and other tribal leaders. The chief leapt on Mr. Karzai to shield him". It also says that "In 2004 he began his first stint as station chief in Kabul".

A second source to make the link, DCI George Tenet's memoirs At the Center of the Storm. Tenet call that guy "Greg V."

I came across this DOS document :

On p. 71 you find a list of Kabul embassy officials, including an officer for Regional Affairs named Gregory Vogel who arrived there in September 2004.

What are the chances to have two "Greg V."s arriving at an upper post in this embassy in 2004?  Especially when you know until June 2004 the CIA chief of station was first-named Peter:

By the way, that guy has been given a lot of surnames:

- in Gary Berntsen Jawbreaker (2005), he is called "Craig."

- in Sean Naylor Not a Good Day to Die (2004), it is said that he used the noms de guerre "Spider" and "the Wolf", and was the senior CIA officer in Gardez during operation Anaconda.

- in Eric Blehm, The Only Thing Worth Dying For (2011), he is called "Casper."

and as said above, George Tenet said almost all when he called him "Greg V." (as with "Rich B.")