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Audrey Tomason: Who is the Situation Room mystery woman?

President Obama, members of the national security team and one mystery woman receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. (By Pete Souza/White House via Reuters)

According to the White House’s caption of the photo, her name is Audrey Tomason and she holds the title “Director for Counterterrorism.” But even with her name and title, there isn’t a lot of information on Tomason available. While some on the Internet used a thread to try and find out more about Tomason, a Daily Beast reporter asked the White House press office for details:

“An official said she worked with the National Security Council, a White House agency closely involved with the intelligence that led to bin Laden. The official intimated that the White House generally doesn't discuss personnel at any of the government's covert or intelligence agencies. Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the NSC, confirmed that she worked with the agency. When asked why she had never been identified or mentioned before, Vietor responded, ‘Well, we’ve never killed bin Laden before.’ ”

If it’s true that Tomason’s job is of the clandestine nature, it’s reasonable to think that this photo will not be good for her career. Neither will her new Wikipedia page.

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