The times talks about what a hard intelligence nut Iran is to crack and writes a full length article backed by ‘current and former’ cia officials to out Dandrea. It would seem that because this appointment signals a rather harder line by TRUMP towards Iran, it has made its personal mission to make intelligence gathering more difficult… just because it is TRUMP
Here’s what the Times article says (emphasis added):
The C.I.A. declined to comment on Mr. D’Andrea’s role, saying it does not discuss the identities or work of clandestine officials. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because Mr. D’Andrea remains undercover, as do many senior officials based at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va. Mr. Eatinger did not use his name. The New York Times is naming Mr. D’Andrea because his identity was previously published in news reports, and he is leading an important new administration initiative against Iran.