Panetta role in divulging classified info to film maker scrubbed from final report

A final report on the Pentagon's contacts with Hollywood on the film "Zero Dark Thirty" has been scrubbed to cover up the fact that former defense secretary Leon Panetta was responsible for serious leaks about the Bin Laden raid to the film's screenwriter. An earlier draft of the report leaked last week contained the allegations. Politico: Bridget Ann Serchak, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon's inspector general, said issues related to Panetta were referred to the CIA's IG. "As with any IG work product, the working draft was edited and revised during a rigorous internal review process," Serchak said in a statement to POLITICO. "No third parties, to include anyone from the Office of the Secretary of Defense or the Executive Office of the President, attempted to influence the content of the report or its release date." The final version of the IG's report references the CIA event but omits a paragraph in the draft version that said Panetta "specifically recognized the unit that...(Read Full Post)

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