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The unpublished draft report was first disclosed by the Project on Government Oversight and confirmed by Rep.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.