When it comes to leaking, it’s reporters who get the blame, not the Obama administration officials. There was a time when “loose lips sink ships” was the motto of our Defense Department. Now they’re the ones with the loose lips, but it’s OK.
Hard to imagine that a Secretary of Defense would share classified information about the Bin Laden raid with Hollywood, but evidently Leon Panetta did.
The DC Clothesline says:
Former Central Intelligence Agency Director and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed the name of the Navy SEAL team that carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden at a June 24, 2011 ceremony. He also named the unit’s ground commander. The information was classified, yet the ceremony was attended by “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Mark Boal. The ceremony took place a little over a month prior to the team’s helicopter was shot down by a Taliban-fired rocket-propelled grenade.
Panetta also discussed classified information designated as “top secret” and “secret” during his presentation at the awards ceremony, according to a draft Pentagon inspector general’s report published Wednesday by the Project on Government Oversight.
A source close to Panetta said Wednesday evening that he was unaware anyone without the proper security clearances was present at the event, which included both CIA and military personnel.
Did this breach give information to the enemy that helped them down the helicopter carrying the SEALS? That incident was the largest single loss of U.S. life since the beginning of the 2001 Afghan War, and is the largest single loss ever suffered by the SEALs.
Loose lips can sink choppers, too.