Obama Official Claims Special Op Group Not “In A Position To Speak With Authority” On White House Leaks

Posted: Aug 16, 2012 11:21 AM

As reported from Reuters, a group of former U.S. Special Forces and intelligence operatives have created a non-profit social welfare organization named, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc, to campaign against intelligence and military leaks.

The OPSEC group says it is not political and aims to save American lives. Its first public salvo is a 22-minute film that includes criticism of Obama and his administration. The film, to be released on Wednesday, was seen in advance by Reuters.

"Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not," Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL, says in the film.

"As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy," Smith continues. "It will get Americans killed."

An Obama campaign official said: "No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have, and it's clear they've resorted to making things up for purely political reasons."

It is not noted whether or not the Obama campaign official took the time to watch the video, which is included below. In light of that uncertainty, here is a list of those featured in the video, along with their credentials.

(I would consider them in a position to speak with some authority.)

Those featured in the video:

Debbie Lee – mother of Navy Seal Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq.

Dave Lamorte – CIA Officer (Ret.), US Army Special Forces (Ret.)

Anonymous – Retired, Classified, CIA Officer

Ben Smith – Former Navy SEAL, Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bill Cowan – Lt. Colonel, USMC (Ret.), Special Mission Unit Operator

Dave King – Major, Special Forces (Ret.), Wounded 9/11 at Pentagon

Brian Gould – Master Sergeant, Special Forces (Ret.)

Jamie Williamson – Colonel, Special Forces (Ret.)

Fred Rustmann – CIA Officer (Ret.), CLA

Scott Taylor – Former Navy SEAL

Paul Vallely – Major General, US Army (Ret.), Deputy Commanding General - PACIF

Those quoted in print:

Senator Dianne Feinstein - Chairman of Select Committee on Intelligence

Robert Mueller - FBI Director

Senator Bob Kerrey – Former Navy SEAL

And as a reminder here is Senator Feinstein’s original statement on the current administration’s leaking of information.


This post was authored by Townhall Editorial Intern Bill Vollono.