Annals of investigation

Marissa Taylor and Jonathan Landay of McClatchy DC have this intriguing update on the investigation of the highly damaging but politically convenient leaks from the top ranks of the Obama administration on the raid to kill Osama bin Laden: “‘Zero Dark Thirty’ leak investigators now target of leak probe.” They report:

More than two years after sensitive information about the Osama bin Laden raid was disclosed to Hollywood filmmakers, Pentagon and CIA investigations haven’t publicly held anyone accountable despite internal findings that the leakers were former CIA Director Leon Panetta and the Defense Department’s top intelligence official.

Instead, the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office is working to root out who might have disclosed the findings on Panetta and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers to a nonprofit watchdog group and to McClatchy.

While the information wasn’t classified, the inspector general’s office has pursued the new inquiry aggressively, grilling its own investigators, as well as the former director of its whistle-blowing unit, according to several people, including a congressional aide. They requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the 2012 movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Funny how that works in Obamaworld. Whole thing here.