DOJ still sitting on Zero Dark Thirty leak case

posted at 8:31 pm on December 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I have to say, I am thoroughly pumped about seeing the OBL-takedown flick Zero Dark Thirty; judging from the trailers and early reviews, it sounds like it’s a fair representation of the military and the goals of the entire operation. It’s not like we don’t all know how it’s going to end, but anything that leaves a positive impression of American badassery, I am decidedly for it.

The movie has been dogged by the White House’s dodgy dealings in talking the filmmakers, especially when everyone involved thought the movie might release before the November elections and the subsequent patriotic fist-pumping would give President Obama a popular boost. We found out months ago that a top defense official leaked sensitive information to the filmmakers, but Pentagon investigators referred the case to the Department of Justice, which has so far declined to do anything with it. McClatchy reports:

Pentagon investigators concluded that a senior Defense Department official who’s been mentioned as a possible candidate to be the next CIA director leaked restricted information to the makers of an acclaimed film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and referred the case to the Justice Department, according to knowledgeable U.S. officials.

The Justice Department received the case involving Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers in September, but so far it’s declined to launch a criminal prosecution, said two senior U.S. officials who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

ABC has more:

Specifically, Vickers is said to have disclosed to the filmmakers the identity of a member of SEAL Team Six — though not a member of the team that conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound. Names of members of that team are not to be disclosed because of the potential for violent retaliation.

Some in the Pentagon think the Inspector General is holding the report until after the current Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, retires so as to not sully or embarrass him.

A senior defense official disputed that. “It’s wrong for anyone to suggest the investigation has been held up for political reasons or to avoid embarrassment,” the official said. …

The official added that Pentagon officials “really don’t think this will amount to anything.”

Mm hmm. The Obama administration’s record on handling national-security information that might offer a boon for Obama’s cred isn’t looking too great, is it?

Meanwhile, the other complaint circulating around Zero Dark Thirty? That it glorifies torture, obviously.


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Transparency at last.

KCB on December 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

We’re talking about Holder here right???

Lol…three months…under the rug.

Nation of cowards indeed.

BigWyo on December 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

We have fact based movies about the OBL raid, but we know nothing about F&F or Benghazi. How did this guy get re-elected? Just damn.

KCB on December 18, 2012 at 8:38 PM

We have fact based movies about the OBL raid, but we know nothing about F&F or Benghazi. How did this guy get re-elected? Just damn.

KCB on December 18, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Fact based? F&F and Benghazi left bodies, where’s Osamas?..

the_nile on December 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

the_nile on December 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

You have a point…..

KCB on December 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Zero Dark Thirty

It would make for a video game!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Nicely done.

KCB on December 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM

***Alert *****

@KCBSNews tweeted:
KCBSNews
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6 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

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canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 8:48 PM

McCain weighs in………………..

Sen. John McCain says torture scene in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ inaccurate in leading to Osama bin Laden – @AP

18 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
==============================================

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mccain-rejects-torture-scene-zero-dark-thirty

canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM

canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Nicely done.

KCB on December 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM

KCB:

I want this image in da video,that Liberals will make money
off the violence,that all his supporters party’d and cheered
at the Wh gates,and had a yelling match with the College Rep
ublicans back when!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/world/11/south_asia/bin_laden_mission_control/img/mission_control_976_2.jpg

canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Apparently there is a huge amount of accurate stuff in that movie (as with the book No Easy Day) that almost certainly compromises OpSec. It certainly seems to have royally pissed off quite a few former SF folks who have made their views clear.

CorporatePiggy on December 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The movie is a real sleeper. Meaning it put me to sleep! I was it on a free screener and still feel ripped off.

LeftCoastRight on December 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

saw

LeftCoastRight on December 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Did anyone actually expect anything to come from the most corrupt, inept, and incompetent Justice Department ever? Holder makes Janet Reno look like Elliot Ness.

RoadRunner on December 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

*****Alert *****

Pentagon’s top intelligence official under investigation for providing information to makers of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ – @AP

18 mins ago from http://www.politico.com by editor

http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/pentagon-probe-over-zero-dark-thirty-85291.html

canopfor on December 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

canopfor on December 18, 2012

…thank you good buddy!…every time I look at your links…I think ‘what a good man!”

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Vickers has had a real interesting career. In the book Charlie Wilson’s War, he was portrayed as a very smart geek who was instrumental in the CIA’s Afghanistan work in throwing out the Soviets.

juliesa on December 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Any comment from I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby?

How about Patrick J. Fitzgerald?

Valerie Plame?

Joe Wilson?

Anybody?????

patch on December 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM

…. more like the Department of Lazy Bums ….

desertdweller on December 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

We’re talking about Holder here right???

Lol…three months…under the rug.

Nation of cowards indeed.

BigWyo on December 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

After Leon Panetta is gone and it’s all pretty much a dead issue, there will be an internal investigation that will determine that … no one ever said a word about any investigation of this to Eric Holder.

Based on past experience.

tom on December 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM