Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in response to the allegations that Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified SEAL unit information.
“The recent accusations that Director Panetta knowingly leaked classified information deemed “top secret” is a major cause for concern. Not only does classified material have national security implications, but it places the lives of uniformed American men and women at risk - something I imagine a former CIA Director would be mindful of. Furthermore, the leaking of such matters comes at a time when the President’s administration is waging a war against the press for carrying out similar leaks. If the leak was intended to bolster the President’s image, it is important to determine if in fact the Director received pressure from the Obama Administration to do so. They can’t have it one way and not the other – not when American lives are in jeopardy. I look forward to reading the IG’s full report and working with my colleagues to ensure Director Panetta faces appropriate consequences if the allegations are found to be true.”