In a letter
dated August 9, 2011, the Honorable Peter King, Chairman of the
Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, cited
concerns involving “ongoing leaks of classified information regarding
sensitive military operations.” Chairman King referenced an August 6,
2011, New York Times op-ed column that claims, “Administration officials
may have provided filmmakers with details of the raid that successfully
killed Usama Bin Laden (UBL).” According to this article, filmmakers Kathryn
Bigelow and Mark Boal received “top-level access to the most classified
mission in history.” Chairman King requested that Department of Defense
(DoD) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Inspectors General explore
related matters and respond to the following questions:

  • “What
    consultations, if any, occurred between members of the
    Executive Office of the President, and Department of Defense and/or
    CIA officials, regarding the advisability of providing Hollywood
    executives with access to covert military operators and clandestine
    CIA officers to discuss the UBL raid?”
  • “Will
    a copy of this film be submitted to the military and CIA for
    prepublication review, to determine if special operations tactics,
    techniques and procedures, or Agency intelligence sources and methods,
    would be revealed by its release?”
  • “How
    was the attendance of filmmakers at a meeting with special
    operators and Agency officers at CIA Headquarters balanced against
    those officers’ duties to maintain their covers? How will cover
    concerns be addressed going forward?”
  • “What
    steps did the Administration take to ensure that no special
    operations tactics, techniques, and procedures were compromised
    during those meetings?”

This report
responds to specific questions posed by Chairman King. In conducting this project,
we focused exclusively on DoD equities and interests. Additionally, we reviewed
applicable laws, regulations, DoD Directives and Instructions; reviewed and
analyzed numerous documents and emails obtained from DoD components; and
interviewed numerous personnel from DoD components.

The Investigation

Requested Action on Released Department of Defense Information to the Media,
June 14, 2013
[19 Pages, 1.5MB]