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.; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 email@example.com). also request that you remind your respective workforces and senior leadership appropriate media engagement policies. Tom Ferguson PDUSD(I) Wilson, Douglas HON OSD From: Sent: To: Cc: SUbject: Signed By: Wilson, Douglas HON OSD Wednesday, June 15, 20117:13 Rhodes, BenjaF.m~in:7J,-;,-;- :::-:::---:-~_---, Smith, Jamie;l(b)(3):U.S.c. 403g UBL Film doug firstname.lastname@example.org 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.