Leon Panetta reportedly disclosed classified information designated as “top secret” and “secret” to the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers at his presentation at the CIA awards ceremony. Leon Panetta was Obama’s CIA Director, a position now held by Muslim convert John Brennan. Politico (surprisingly) reports that Panetta also revealed the name of the Navy SEAL unit that carried out the Osama bin Laden raid and named the unit’s ground commander.
The disclosure of the IG report could complicate the Obama administration’s claims that senior officials have not leaked classified information. Last spring, Republicans publicly attacked President Barack Obama and his top aides, alleging that the administration leaked national security secrets to burnish Obama’s standing for his reelection bid.
The release of the findings in the draft report also raises questions about why the findings have been under wraps for so long and which of the document’s conclusions were known to White House officials prior to last November’s election.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who requested the inspector general’s review, said he was disturbed by the report’s findings and by the delays in its official release.
“It does raise issues about a lack of security at the CIA and at DoD,” King told POLITICO on Wednesday. “The most important issue right now is why this report was held back for so long. Inspectors general are supposed to be independent. It’s the integrity of the process. … It’s important to know where that pressure [to withhold it] was coming from.”