A House overseer has demanded that the Pentagon release the results of an investigation he requested almost two years ago into possible leaks of classified information to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
“Enough is enough,” Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, wrote in matching letters dated June 5 to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Principal Deputy Inspector General Lynne M. Halbrooks. “I demand the immediate release to Congress and the American people of the results of DoD IG’s review of illegal disclosures of classified information to Hollywood filmmakers.”
King wrote that he was reacting to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) report this week about the long-running probe. POGO reported Tuesday that the Defense Department Inspector General’s office (IG) has been sitting on a draft report asserting that, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta revealed Top Secret information at a June 2011 event attended by the screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty. According to the unreleased IG draft report, Panetta, who later served as secretary of Defense, also disclosed the name of the ground commander of the raid that killed bin Laden.