Report: Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed name of bin Laden raid commander

By Robert Burns

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, June 5 2013 7:08 p.m. MDT

The report said the ground commander's name was supposed to be protected from public release, under federal law. Although the name was mentioned in Boal's presence, Boal did not subsequently use the name in any public manner.

The report also said without further explanation that Panetta "also provided (Defense Department) information identified by original classification authorities as top secret."

The report did not address the question of possible penalties for Panetta's actions.

Several days after the ceremony, Panetta became defense secretary. He held that post until February 2013, when he retired.

A telephone call to his office in California on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

"I think Secretary Panetta should explain what happened, why it happened," King said. "And that's all I'll say right now on it. It is a serious matter. I'm sure there was no malice at all by Panetta."

The draft report said that although one or both of the movie executives were present at both the Vickers interview and the CIA awards ceremony, investigators concluded that no classified or sensitive information about Navy SEALs tactics, techniques or procedures were exposed.

In his August 2011 request for an investigation by the Pentagon, King also asked the CIA's inspector general to look into the matter. He said Wednesday that the CIA is now in the second phase of its investigation.

In the first phase of its probe, the CIA found that the agency's office of public affairs did not keep adequate records on its dealings with the entertainment industry, King said, and that "CIA employees did not always comply with agency regulations to prevent the release of classified information during their dealings with the entertainment industry."

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