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Email from Tom Ferguson Recent Media Leaks

Email from Tom Ferguson Recent Media Leaks

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Original Message----From: Ferguson, Thomas CIV, OSD OUSDI
Sent: Wednesday, June 15,20112:33
To: Long Letitia NGA-D USA CIV; Rowland Lloyd NGA-DD USA CIV; Burgess Jr., LTG Ronald
L.; david.shedd@dia.mil; Bruce.Carlson@nro.mil; Sapp, Betty, Ms. NRO; Kbalex2@nsa.gov; Inglis, John
Cc: Vickers, Michael HON OSD OUSDI; Gentile, Philip COL OSD OUSDI; Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
PA; Smith, Heidi CIV, OSD OUSDI
Subject: Recent Media Leaks
All,
While are past the initial media blitz that followed the successfu_peration, are now seeing
increase detailed requests conjunction with books, documentaries, and film projects. These requests are
being sent directly the CSAs and are being sent simultaneously multiple agencies. behalf Secretary
Gates and Dr. Vickers, request that you decline any direct requests for information regarding the UBL
operation, current previous operations, any other operational issues related activities.
Recently there have also been number sensitive items appearing the press, which quite troubling.
need your assistance stopping such information from appearing the news. Even the simplest
comments, taken out context accumulation information, can extremely damaging OPSEC.
The guidance from the Secretary Gates and Dr. Vickers has been very clear--such unauthorized releases are
unacceptable.
Therefore, ask before you engage with the news media, publishing the entertainment industry, please
ensure that all engagements/information requests are thoroughly coordinated with the Department Defense
Public Affairs Office. The OSD Public Affairs Officer for OUSD(I) CDR Bob Mehal (703-697-4162
robert.mehal@osd.mil). also request that you remind your respective workforces and senior leadership
appropriate media engagement policies.
Tom Ferguson
PDUSD(I)
Wilson, Douglas HON OSD
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Wilson, Douglas HON OSD
Wednesday, June 15, 20117:13
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UBL Film
doug las.wilson@osd.mil
Need your guidance: Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer for Hurt Locker,
teaming again with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman win Academy
Award for film direction) The Hunt for UBL. Both Boal and Bigelow are well-known
both Geoff and me. Both Geoff and highly respect both them. (FYI, Bigelow actively
assisting Hollywood Joining Forces and other military family issues.) Gates shares
that admiration for their previous film efforts.
Boal has been working with and with CIA (via George Little) for initial context briefings 000 this have been provided Mike Vickers, and CIA relevant officials with the
full knowledge and full approval/support Director Panetta. know that Jamie keeping informal list press and film requests this topic.
and Bigelow are pretty far along their research, and will soon engaging with the
Pentagons film liaison (who works for me).
Our overall engagement with Boal and Bigelow
progresses, Mike Vickers and (and sure
parameters, particular those for Boal and
link phone sometime the next couple
know your thoughts.
Boal date has been pretty general. But this
George well) would welcome guidance regarding
Bigelow. recommendation would for
weeks with you and with John Brennan. Let
Thanks,
Doug
DoD:
This film project only the script development phase, and DoD providing assistance with script
research, which something commonly for established filmmakers. Until there script
review, and request for equipment other DoD support, there formal agreement for DoD support.
When people working articles, books, documentaries movies that involve the Department
Defense request assistance, our best accommodate them make sure the facts are correct. not discuss classified information.
CIA: part our public outreach, this Agency like others our government has over the years engaged
with writers, documentary filmmakers, movie and producers, and others the entertainment industry.
Our goal accurate portrayal the men and women the CIA, their vital mission, and the
commitment public service that defines them.
WH:
These claims are ridiculous. When people working articles, books, documentaries movies that
involve the President ask speak administration officials, our best accommodate them
make sure the facts are correct. Thats hardly novel approach the media. not discuss classified
information. hope that face continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee
Homeland Security would have more important topics discuss.
EXCERPTS FROM: THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING
For Immediate Release, August 10,2011, 12:46 P.M. EDT PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY OBL RAID MOVIE: Peter King, the congressman, calling for investigation based report Maureen
Dowds column today saying that Sony Pictures moviemakers doing the OBL raid movie have
been given top-level access the most clarified classified mission history from
administration thats tried throw more people jail for leaking classified administration than
the Bush administration. think Mr. King less involved, less concerned about the last part.
But whats your response that report both Kings interest and also the inherent criticism that
Maureen Dowd -MR. CARNEY: Well, have response that. First all, the claims are ridiculous.
When people, including you, this room are working articles, books, documentaries
movies that involve the President, ask speak administration officials, our best
accommodate them make sure the facts are correct. That hardly novel approach the
media. not discuss classified information. And would hope that face continued
threat from terrorism, the House Committee Homeland Security would have more important
topics discuss than movie.
The information that this White House has provided about that mission has been focused the Presidents role there difference the information that weve given anybody
who working this topic from what gave those you this room who worked
the days and weeks after the raid itself. fact, the most specific information weve given from
this White House about the actual raid read you from !his podium. its simply false.