It's clear that President Barack Obama is the darling of Hollywood, but does he return the favor by leaking celebrities covert information that threatens American lives?
That's the claim made by a group of former military and C.I.A. officers in the "Dishonorable Disclosures" video above, which aired on TV and has been viewed over 800,000 times on YouTube.
The group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc (OPSEC), attacks the President for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and for supposedly endangering American lives by leaking high-level information to Hollywood insiders.
Retired CIA officer Fred Rustmann says in the video that days after the killing of bin Laden, Hollywood elites were invited into the White House for a briefing on exactly how the raid took place. Rustmann says the administration leaked "what kind of sources we had, what kind of methods we used, all for the purpose of making a Hollywood movie."
The Hollywood movie he is referring to is "Zero Dark Thirty," which is directed by Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow and is set to come out in December. Last year, Rep. Peter King asked for an investigation into allegations that Obama leaked classified information to the filmmakers--allegations which the administration dismissed as "ridiculous."
As Rustmann speaks, the image in the background is of Bigelow receiving her Oscar--the first ever won by a female director--from Barbra Streisand for "The Hurt Locker."
When the video discusses the supposed briefing Hollywood got days after the raid, Obama is shown speaking in a small theater to Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and others. The only problem is, that image was taken in March 2010 at the White House Family Theater before a screening of the HBO mini-series "The Pacific," The Hollywood Reporter points out. It's unlikely that Obama is spilling secrets about how he killed bin Laden--a whole year before it happened.
Retired USMC Lt. Colornel Bill Cowan says in the video, "Somewhere in this administration, perhaps at the highest levels, there are people that don’t understand… When we divulge national security information such as the identity of the organization that killed Osama bin Laden, we have now put all of those men, all of their families, everybody around them at some sort of risk." Obama divulged the covert information to Hollywood for political gain, the retired officers in the video claim.
On OPSEC's website, the group continues the accusation, quoting a column by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, “The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history."
Dowd continued, specifically citing "Zero Dark Thirty" writer Mark Boal, “It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently – to the surprise of some military officers – at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero SEALs.”
OPSEC's video campaign is the latest of a series on attacks of Obama's relationship with Hollywood. Earlier this month, an anti-Obama group emailed its supporters the telephone numbers of agents of Hollywood Obama donors like Bill Maher, Morgan Freeman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams, asking the group members to call and complain about a "likely illegal attack ad on Mitt Romney."
This year, Obama has raked in big campaign contributions at fundraisers at the homes of actor George Clooney, actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, producer Tyler Perry and, mostly recently, mega-producer Harvey Weinstein.
Check out photos of celebrities who love Obama:
George Clooney & President Obama
Actor George Clooney leaves after he spoke to the media March 15, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Clooney had meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the current situations in Darfur, Sudan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama & Tyler Perry
Actor and director Tyler Perry hugs US President Barack Obama during a campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios March 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. President Obama is spending the day traveling to Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia to attend private and public campaign events. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Obamas & Oprah Winfrey
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chat with talk show host Oprah Winfrey during a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show April 27, 2011 at Harpo Studios in Chicago. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama & Magic Johnson
In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, President Barack Obama is greeted on the court by NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Michigan State University assistant coach Mike Garland. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
Willow Smith Performs At The White House
Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smitt, performs during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images)
Antonio Banderas & President Obama
Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith hosted a fundraising event for President Obama in October 2011. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks Narrates Pro-Obama Film
This 17-minute film released by President Obama's re-election campaign was directed by Davis Guggenheim (director of "An Inconvenient Truth") and narrated by actor Tom Hanks.
Gov. Mitt Romney & Jeff Foxworthy
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes a campaign appearance with comedian Jeff Foxworthy at the Whistle Stop cafe March 12, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Gov. Mitt Romney & Kid Rock
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets musician Kid Rock during a campaign rally at the Royal Oak Theatre on February 27, 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
David Mustaine & Rick Santorum
David Mustaine of Megadeth expressed support for Rick Santorum in a February <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/live/interview-megadeths-dave-mustaine-talks-guitar-politics-and-todays-music-529703" target="_hplink">interview with Music Radar</a>.
Kelly Clarkson & Ron Paul
Kelly Clarkson tweeted about her love for Ron Paul in late 2011, but dialed it back slightly after a backlash accused her of supporting Paul's racist and homophobic publications, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/03/09/kelly-clarkson-never-endorsed-ron-paul/" target="_hplink">reports Fox News</a>. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Snoop Dogg & Ron Paul
In December 2011, Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Ron Paul on his Facebook page with the caption "Smoke Weed Every Day," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/us-snoopdogg-ronpaul-idUSTRE80U04220120131" target="_hplink">reports Reuters</a>. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
Oliver Stone & Ron Paul
In January, Oliver Stone told <a href="http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2012/01/12/director-oliver-stone-on-history-and-america-jim-morrison-ron-paul/" target="_hplink">Rock Cellar Magazine</a> that he would vote for Ron Paul over Barack Obama if Paul was named the GOP nominee because "he's the only one of anybody who's saying anything intelligent about the future of the world." (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty Images)