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NY Times explains why they published name of undercover CIA agent — it does not go over well

The New York Times explained over the weekend its recent decision to publish the name of an undercover CIA agent — and it did not go over well. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The New York Times came under fire on social media over the weekend after it explained why it recently published a news story revealing the identity of a CIA officer embedded in the Middle East.

CIA director Mike Pompeo last week criticized the Times after it published the name of a CIA officer who was tapped to run the agency's Iran operations. According to the CIA, the officer was working undercover, which made the name publication an "unconscionable" decision, Pompeo said.

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