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SCANDAL: White House Leaked Names of SEAL and CIA Operators to Hollywood

posted at 8:13 pm on September 18, 2012 by

I’ll take “Would do anything to get reelected” for a thousand, Alex.

Last July, a top Pentagon official gave two Hollywood filmmakers the name of a Navy SEAL involved in training the squad of commandos who carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Now, the Obama administration is fighting to keep that same name from the public.

In legal papers filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the Justice Department argued that the government is under no obligation to make public the SEAL’s name or the names of Central Intelligence Agency personnel involved simply because officials shared their names, partial names or identities with the makers of a forthcoming movie about the raid, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

“The CIA and DoD did not authorize the filmmakers to make the names they shared with them public, to publicly associate the individuals with the CIA or DoD, or to expose those individuals’ identity in any publicly released film, and there was no reason for the CIA or DoD to have believed that any of this would have happened,” the Justice Department brief says. “In fact, [Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Mike] Vickers specifically told [filmmaker] Mark Boal, in providing him with the name of someone he could talk to, that ‘the only thing we ask is that you not reveal his name in any way as a consultant.’”

BlackFive’s reaction is one of anger:

What’s Team Obama going to about this one? Find some amateur donor to make a movie to distract us from the real issue? Oh wait…

Raise your hand if you want to be a part of any TS missions that will save lives and defend our country…but in the process your identity will be given to Hollywood?

Suffice it to say that the nitwits in old media will ignore this outrageous scandal, just one in a series of willful, immensely damaging national security leaks by the Obama administration, all designed to mask the president’s disastrous foreign policy record.

Remember in November.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

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Oh it’s bad alright…

I want to know if this movie, when released, will it cause another firestorm of protests in the ME?

Will 0 stop it from being shown so as not to enflame an already inflamed and insensed ME populace eh?

Inquiring minds want to know :-)

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I am sick sick sick up to here ^ about everything that is going on…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dib2-HBsF08

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM

“In fact, [Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Mike] Vickers specifically told [filmmaker] Mark Boal, in providing him with the name of someone he could talk to, that ‘the only thing we ask is that you not reveal his name in any way as a consultant.’”

If any of us ordinary people did this, we’d probably be facing some charges.

Not only is this a scandal of betrayal, but it highlights again the fact that those in D.C. are above the law. They break it, and they flaunt it for their own purposes. That’s a continuing scandal.

INC on September 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

If any of us ordinary people did this, we’d probably be facing some charges.

INC on September 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

If the chief of staff of a Republican Vice President did this they would be in jail.

pedestrian on September 19, 2012 at 2:50 AM

“In fact, [Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Mike] Vickers specifically told [filmmaker] Mark Boal, in providing him with the name of someone he could talk to, that ‘the only thing we ask is that you not reveal his name in any way as a consultant.’”

Cripes…Undersecretary THIS, Deputy Assistant Picture Polisher THAT….

What HAS happened to “The Buck Stops Here”?

Note this fellow voters; the absolute mad RUSH for someone to run forward claim responsibility for the error and are willing to throw themselves on the sword of the body politic…

Oh wait…I meant: Listen to the crickets chirp as another Hack government employee is cowering in fear that he might make the Obama Blame Bus late by being briskly thrown under it.

BlaxPac on September 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Yeah, but Valerie Plame was WAY worse. Brian Williams told me so. Well, not really. No comparisn has actually been made, but I have to assume that since the Valerie Plame thing was HUGE news and this is such a nothing, it has to be. Right?

And GM is alive, so it’s all good.

Kenz on September 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I assume the woman in the white shirt in the above photograph is Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the film. She’s wearing an Arafat scarf.

Gene Hunt on September 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

That DoJ argument is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard from a government lawyer (and I’ve heard a lot of them). TS information can only be shared with TS-cleared people on a need-to-know basis. While I don’t put it past any pol to gin up some justification for NTK, there’s no circumventing that the Hollywooders would still have to be TS-cleared. Only then are the penalties on the Hollywooders, and chances are that they could never have been cleared anyway.

The leakers aren’t getting out of this one without a complicit judge, and they better get the full penalty afforded to peons who do this.

321mdl on September 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM