- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The CIA’s inspector general has concluded that agency officials did not always follow rules for safeguarding sensitive information when they briefed Hollywood producers making a movie about the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a lawmaker who was briefed on the watchdog’s findings.

In addition, the Pentagon’s inspector general has been accused of delaying a report that says then-CIA Director Leon E. Panetta disclosed top-secret information to the filmmakers at a June 2011 awards ceremony for the bin Laden raid’s participants.

News of the Obama administration’s security breaches comes as the Justice Department is defending its use of its subpoena power to monitor the telephone records of editors and reporters at The Associated Press and the personal emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, during an investigation of administration leaks.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is holding a court-martial for an Army private who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks more than three years ago.

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, called for the CIA and Pentagon inspectors general investigations in August 2011, when he became concerned about reports that classified or sensitive information might have been disclosed to Hollywood executives working on the film “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Mr. King said Wednesday that he recently had received a “formal oral interim report” from the CIA’s office of inspector general, which has made three preliminary findings in its ongoing investigation:

• The CIA's Office of Public Affairs “did not keep adequate records” of its dealings with director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.

• In their dealings with the filmmakers, “CIA employees did not always comply with regulations designed to protect sensitive information.”

• The agency did not seek as much money as it should have from the filmmakers for reimbursement of the costs of the cooperation extended to them.

The CIA declined to comment.

Mr. King also was fiercely critical of the delay in finalizing the Pentagon’s inspector general’s report, saying that he has been “hearing for months” that the report is ready.

The delay is “as significant if not more so that the actual findings,” he said.

A copy of a classified draft of the report was posted online Wednesday by the anti-government waste watchdog group Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

The report concludes that Mr. Panetta disclosed top-secret information at the awards ceremony, held in June 2011 at CIA headquarters.

POGO obtained congressional staffers’ emails from December 2012 in which they said they believed the inspector general's office was “sitting on [the report] until Secretary Panetta retires.”

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