WASHINGTON -- There is no evidence that Mike Vickers, the Pentagon’s undersecretary for intelligence, disclosed classified information when he spoke to the makers of the film "Zero Dark Thirty," the Pentagon’s chief spokesman said Tuesday.
“There is a pending inspector general investigation on the question of whether Mr. Vickers provided classified information in an interview with the filmmakers of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' ” Pentagon spokesman George Little said. When the Department of Defense reviewed a transcript of Vickers’ conversation with the filmmakers after it was requested under the Freedom of Information Act, Little said, none of the material was deemed to be classified. Names were redacted from the transcript for privacy reasons, not classification reasons, he added.
Some news reports, Little said, have suggested “that Mr. Vickers engaged in the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, something the department simply did not find."
McClatchy news service reported Monday that the inspector general had referred the matter to the Department of Justice but that so far the department had declined to launch a criminal case against Vickers for revealing the name of a SEAL Team Six member instrumental in coordinating the attack on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed. ABC News also carried a story on the inspector general's investigation.