Leon Panetta’s unauthorized disclosures
It looks like former CIA Director Leon Panetta will be causing Jay Carney to continue the Administration’s intense embrace of cognitive dissonance and doublespeak.
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 attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to a draft Pentagon inspector general’s report obtained by a watchdog group.
Panetta also disclosed classified information designated as “top secret” and “secret” during his presentation at the CIA awards ceremony, says the draft IG report published Wednesday by the Project on Government Oversight.
The problem (beyond Panetta’s unauthorized disclosures which by definition could cause grave or even exceptionally grave damage to the United States) is this:
The disclosure of the IG report could complicate the Obama administration’s claims that senior officials have not leaked classified information.
And yet some within the Administration knew of the leaks long ago, certainly long enough for the Justice Department to investigate and report on the issue before the 2012 elections, should they be politically inclined (or cleared) to do so. As it was, the Justice Department chose to selectively pursue the malfeasance of other, less significant, unauthorized disclosures.
In this example, as with the IRS disgrace and the Benghazi debacles, consider an important article of faith of the Obama Administration: the fish only rots from the tail.