Dec 10, 2013 Comments Off Niki Monroe
Excerpted from FREE BEACON: Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a 2011 awards ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
The CIA allowed Boal, the screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty, to attend a June 24, 2011 award ceremony celebrating the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan that May.
A transcript of Panetta’s speech that night obtained by Judicial Watch is labeled “top secret,” and significant portions of it are redacted.
At the conclusion his speech, Panetta told the audience, “You have made me proud of the CIA family. And you have made me proud as an Italian to know that bin Laden sleeps with the fishes.”
An internal review of the ceremony written by the CIA Office of Security (OS) concluded that “the Agency’s Security policy and administrative procedures were not followed in allowing Mr. Boal, a member of the media, access to the classified Bin Laden Operation Award Ceremony.”
“The review conducted by OS leads to the conclusion that the failure to follow stipulations in ARs [redacted] resulted in the disclosure of classified information to a member of the media, without benefit of any documentation to reflect a waiver to the above policies,” the three-page review continued.
A letter from the Director of Operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Department of Defense Inspector General said “that both of these transcripts contain SECRET / [REDACTED] information. The information in each transcript was classified at the time each incident occurred.” Keep Reading