Judicial Watch claims the secrets were provided for a film on the bin Laden raid that was first scheduled to be released Oct. 12, just in time to boost the president's image shortly before the November elections. Sony Pictures has since pushed the release back to December.
According to the documents, the filmmakers were granted access to a Navy SEAL captain who was the "planner, operator and commander of SEAL Team Six," which killed bin Laden. In one memo one of the filmmakers says he had a "good meeting with Brennan and McDonough" and says "they were forward leaning, sharing their point of view on command and control."
Originally posted by AwakeinNM
First of all, the raid never took place, so whatever the producers got is propaganda, and false.
Originally posted by Carseller4
Remember the brouhaha over the alleged outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame?
Isn't outing a Seal Team 6 Commander a little more serious than outing a mid-level CIA agent?
Where is the outrage at the Obama administration? Oh, wait, never mind....it's the Obama Administration. Another Free Pass just like "Fast and Furious".
Originally posted by LifeInDeath
No big deal if Obama or someone else with authority declassified it, or gave authority for classified information to be viewed by some individuals. The President does have that prerogative, as do many in the intelligence and defense apparatuses. It's not illegal to do this.
Based on the article the one thing they were asked to avoid was naming the SEAL officer who they were speaking to. The Dept. of Defense works with filmmakers all the time on films, and has at least since World War II. "Top Gun" is one example, they had access to the carriers and the actual Top Gun school and the planes for the film (all of the flying scenes were real). Much more recently "Battleship" was made with extensive Dept. of Defense assistance.
DoD loves this stuff when it presents the military in a good light. They're all too happy to let Hollywood make them look like heroes. Is it propaganda? Sure, but it's certainly not illegal.edit on 5/22/2012 by LifeInDeath because: (no reason given)
King has released a December letter from the Pentagon saying that the inspector general's office covering intelligence matters "will address actions taken by Department of Defense personnel related to the release of information to the filmmakers."