Opening Act: Hurt Locker

Opening Act: Hurt Locker

Opening Act: Hurt Locker

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
May 24 2012 8:14 AM

Opening Act: Hurt Locker

Eli Lake trawls the Judicial Watch FOIA and asks whether the CIA let Hollywood see info that it wouldn't give reporters.

Marie Harf, a former CIA spokeswoman who is now working with Obama’s reelection campaign, wrote in one email to a colleague to arrange a meeting with the filmmakers that Boal “has met with a number of your colleagues in CTC (Counterterrorism Center) and throughout the Agency. One of those folks he’s chatted with is [redacted], who recommended you as someone else who might want to sit down with Mark … he’s spoken to a number of folks who worked on the operation from [HQS], and to your predecessor [redacted], but he’s looking for more color about what it was like to be working this from the field."

The released emails and transcripts also show Jeremy Bash, who was then-CIA Director Leon Panetta’s chief of staff, trying to help “unclog” the filmmakers’ access to special operations command. The Pentagon now says a meeting discussed and planned in those documents with a special operations planner never happened.

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