Report: Panetta Disclosed Classified Information To Filmmaker of “Zero Dark Thirty”

220px-Leon_Panetta,_official_DoD_photo_portrait,_2011Attorney General Eric Holder recently told intelligence community lawyers that he wants them to continue the Administration’s crackdown on leakers and media sources despite calls for his termination and the controversy on the attack on the free press. The message is clear: there will be no quarter given those who disclose classified information. Well not everyone. This week it was revealed that former CIA Director Leon Panetta disclosed classified information to “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Mark Boal. According to an inspector general report, the disclosure of the name of the Navy SEAL unit that carried out the Osama bin Laden raid and the unit’s ground commander at a 2011 ceremony. Some of the information was marked as “top secret.”

UnknownThe wonderful thing for Holder is that this leaker is known and there are witnesses. He made the disclosure in front of 1,300 people in a tent at the CIA complex on June 24, 2011. So Panetta is now being housed next to Bradley Manning, right? Not quite. The Administration leaks classified information on a regular basis. On Obama Farm, all leakers are equal but some leakers are more equal than others.

Notably, this disclosure helped a filmmaker who was developing a controversial film that seemed to herald the value of torture by CIA employees. Like many, I was surprised by the degree to which the movie made it look like it was torture that led to the killing of Obama in direct contradiction to what we know about the various sources used in the operation. Giving top secret information to a filmmaker for such a film does not appear to be a matter for prosecution. Now, the Associated Press or Fox News? That is an entirely different question. In that case, the reporters are viewed by the Administration as an possible criminal co-conspirator. In the case, of Boal, he was not a co-conspirator . . . just part of the creative enterprise.

Source: Politico

204 thoughts on “Report: Panetta Disclosed Classified Information To Filmmaker of “Zero Dark Thirty”

  1. I’m always civil, just one tough mofo. Plus you’re a Limey, what the hell was I thinking of asking for a recipe. Never mind. I’ll just dive into a dumpster if I want Limey food.

  2. No, you’re not. That’s the point.

    Actually, I’m Scots-Irish and I was taught to cook by American southerners, Sicilians and the French. No steak and kidney pie here. Although I will say some English food gets a bad rap. Yorkshire Pudding is awesome.

  3. Be back at Scrabble tomorrow … this was an early Father’s Day weekend due to all the grandkids’ travel plans … busy, busy

  4. FWIW: If the threshold for what constitutes an actionable ad hominem posting has changed then the Professor needs to publish that new information; Nick’s postings did not rise to the level previously employed on this blawg as administered by the Professor.

    Rafflaw, in the last week I have been dreaming- actually dreaming, about making and eating banana cream pie and banana pudding. I have been working, in my dreams, on solving the problem of such pies and puddings ‘weeping’. I have come up with using a nice spiced-rum banana’s foster layer on top of the pudding for the banana layer. I’ve put the constituants on my shopping list. It will be delicious or awful.🙂

  5. rabbit is also very healthy if you want to lose weight. learned in wilderness survival you can’t live off rabbit. not enough calories. really good eating though.
    before my daughter was born i would cook a few for easter supper.

  6. LK,

    You can’t have banana pudding fights as easily. People get hurt if you leave it in the bowl. However, if your issue is weeping meringue, try adding a pinch of Cream of Tartar to it. Unless you’ve got crazy humidity issues, that should clear up the problem.

    And FWIW: It wasn’t just one posting but a pattern of postings (many if not most of which do indeed rise to the threshold). If you are thinking of physical threats, that’s a separate issue from ad hominem attacks.

  7. LK,

    Also, in thinking of your bananas foster idea, have you considered using just a dark rum instead of a spiced rum? It sounds like a really interesting idea, but the spices in the rum might fight with the vanilla in the pudding. Just a thought from a southerner who has eaten a lot of both banana pudding and bananas foster.

  8. Gene, The interface between the bananas and pudding weeps. In pudding, if you are a classic vanilla wafer and bananas and pudding fan, the wafers soak up the liquid and you have soft cookies. In a pie it doesn’t work out so well. Yea, I’ll have to think about the spice, Maybe I’ll just drink my spiced rum (which I already have) and do a non-alcoholic banana’s foster.😉

  9. Hmmm. Not sure what to do about weeping at the b/p interface. I’ll ask my mom if she knows a trick. She’s the family banana pudding expert so she might know a trick for pies.

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