(Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives.
Leaders of the group, the Special Operations
OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any
political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a
so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to
further the common good and its political activities should be
In the past, military
exploits have been turned against presidential candidates by outside
groups, most famously the Swift Boat ads in 2004 that questioned
Democratic nominee John Kerry's Vietnam War service.
The OPSEC group says it is not political and aims to save American lives.
Its first public salvo is a 22-minute film that includes criticism of
Obama and his administration. The film, to be released on Wednesday, was seen in advance by Reuters.
"Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin
Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed
Osama bin Laden. You did not," Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL,
says in the film.
"As a citizen, it
is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to
the enemy," Smith continues. "It will get Americans killed." (Continues)