Panetta Too Frank with Hollywood?

By Charles S. Clark

June 5, 2013

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.


By Charles S. Clark

June 5, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2013/06/panetta-too-frank-hollywood/64358/