Leon Panetta Revealed Secret Info to 'Zero Dark Thirty' Screenwriter
Newly declassified documents show that the former CIA director disclosed details about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden during a speech he didn't know Mark Boal was attending.
WASHINGTON – Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to Zero Dark Thirty scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Panetta said through a spokesman that he didn't know Boal was in the room.
Judicial Watch filed a request for the more than 200 pages of documents, which the CIA released Tuesday. The documents concerned the internal investigation of its role in the film about the bin Laden raid.
"I had no idea that individual was in the audience," Panetta said in a statement. "To this day, I wouldn't know him if he walked into the room."
Panetta spokesman Jeremy Bash said Panetta assumed everyone in the audience had the proper clearance to hear the speech.
The documents refer to Panetta revealing the name of the ground commander of the unit that carried out the raid.
Parts of the speech transcript released in the documents Tuesday are still blacked out.
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said the CIA has since "overhauled its procedures for interaction with the entertainment industry after an extensive internal review." He said the agency now maintains "a centralized record-keeping system for entertainment industry requests and, earlier this year, issued detailed guidance on contact with the industry and support for entertainment-related projects," to make sure classified material is protected.
Boal declined to comment.