Post-laden raid se­cu­rity lapse


Much af­ter the US Navy SEALS had con­ducted one of the most stealthy op­er­a­tions to take out dreaded ter­ror­ist Osama bin Laden, the then CIA Di­rec­tor and presently Sec­re­tary of De­fense, Leon Panetta, in­ad­ver­tently re­vealed the name of the raid com­man­der.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port of the US De­fense Depart­ment, Panetta re­vealed the name of the com­man­der in a speech at­tended by the writer of the film Zero Dark Thirty. As per se­cu­rity rules, the com­man­der’s name was not to be made pub­lic. Panetta was ad­dress­ing an au­di­ence at CIA head­quar­ters with­out real­is­ing that a mem­ber of the pub­lic (in this case the writer of the film) was among the au­di­ence. Since it was in­ad­ver­tent rev­e­la­tion, re­ports said he was not vi­o­lat­ing any rule.

The un­pub­lished draft re­port was first dis­closed by the Pro­ject on Govern­ment Over­sight and con­firmed by Rep. Peter King, who asked for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion nearly two years ago. King said he has not seen the draft re­port but was briefed on some of its contents. He said it con­firmed his sus­pi­cion that the Barack Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion cut cor­ners on se­cu­rity in its deal­ings with Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tives ea­ger to pro­duce a film about the May 2, 2011, raid on bin Laden’s com­pound in Pak­istan.

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