Panetta to employees: Keep a lid on it

The CIA director is warning his employees that leakers will be investigated.

Last Updated: May 20, 2011, 16:46 PM IST

Washington: CIA director Leon Panetta is warning his employees that leakers will be investigated and possibly prosecuted after a flurry of reports in the media about the technology and methods used to track and ultimately kill Osama bin Laden.

In a memo obtained by a news agency, Panetta told staff on Wednesday that the disclosure of classified information to anyone not cleared for it — reporters, friends, colleagues in other agencies or former CIA officers — can endanger lives.

The warning follows media reports that the CIA operated a safe house, as well as new stealth drone technology reported by The Washington Post, to spy on bin Laden`s Pakistani hideout.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen also said on Wednesday it`s time to move on and stop talking about the raid.

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