The conservative group Judicial Watch today urged a judge in Washington to force the public disclosure of the names of five intelligence and military officials who participated in the planning of the raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden.
The U.S. Justice Department has said the government didn't waive keeping the names of the officers confidential after the information was provided to director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal for a film about the hunt for bin Laden.
Judicial Watch lawyers said in their court filing today that "the government cannot have it both ways in this case. If this information were very sensitive, it would not have been shared with the filmmakers."
"The public has a high interest in any information which could shed more light on the possibility of wrongdoing in the government’s decisions to disclose allegedly sensitive information about the raid that killed bin Laden," Judicial Watch's Chris Fedeli wrote in the papers filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.