Panetta Too Frank with Hollywood?
Leon Panetta, back when he was CIA director in June 2011, may have gotten a bit too talkative at an awards ceremony out in Langley, Va., honoring the SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden.
According to a draft Defense Department inspector general’s report obtained by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, Panetta -- who since that time moved on to run the Pentagon and then retired this February -- allowed Hollywood screenwriter Mark Boal, who wrote “The Hurt Locker” and later “Zero Dark Thirty,” to attend the ceremony.
Panetta then spoke the name of the commander of the operation, a classified piece of information, angering some military officers and some members of Seal Team Six.
The incident is reportedly included in a coming IG report that POGO suspects is being delayed. An IG spokeswoman told Government Executive the report is in the works but no release date has been set.