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IG Report: Panetta Leaked Name of SEAL Unit to Filmmakers

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to the troops during a visit to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Dec. 13, 2012.

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 01:46 PM

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta was responsible for revealing the name of the Navy SEAL unit that raided Osama bin Laden's compound and the unit's ground commander, according to an inspector general's report.

Politico reported Wednesday that the information revealed when Panetta spoke at a CIA awards ceremony in 2011 attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to the report, which was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight.

Other classified "top secret" and "secret" information was also disclosed during Panetta's speech, which took place at the CIA's Langley, Va. complex on June 24, 2011. Politico noted that the report does not say whether Panetta knew Boal was in attendance at the event.

The publication suggested the report may raise questions about the Obama administration's insistence that top officials have not been responsible for leaking classified information.

The inspector general's review was requested by Rep. Peter King of New York, who said he finds the report disturbing and wonders why it took so long to produce.

"It does raise issues about a lack of security at the CIA and at [Defense Department]," King told Politico. "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."

King said he still has not received official notification of the report, although he heard that it had been completed.


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