CIA Sued for Names Associated with Bin Laden Raid Leak

CIA Sued for Names Associated with Bin Laden Raid Leak

Judicial Watch has a filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CIA for access to a guest list of persons who attended the June 24, 2011 awards ceremony at which top secret bin Laden raid information is believed to have been leaked.

“Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Mark Boal attended the event, so Judicial Watch is also seeking “all records of communications between any official, employee, or representative of the [CIA] and any other party regarding the attendance of Mr. Mark Boal at the…awards ceremony.”

On June 5, 2013 Politico reported:

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the Navy SEAL unit that carried out the Osama bin Laden raid and named the unit’s ground commander at a 2011 ceremony [which Boal attended].

Panetta also discussed classified information designated as “top secret” and “secret” during his presentation at the awards ceremony according to a draft Pentagon inspector’s report.

The June 24, 2011 dinner was a CIA awards ceremony and Boal’s inclusion is seen as one of the Obama administration’s strongest attempts “to influence the production of the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ movie by leaking classified information’ to Boal.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said Panetta’s disclosures of top secret information in Boal’s presence–as well as other leaks documented elsewhere–substantiate “the serious charge that the Obama administration has played fast and lose with national security information in order to help Hollywood film-makers make a pro-Obama film.”

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