Check out this appearance by Hollywood actor Shia Labeouf on the Jay Leno show back in 2008 plugging his latest movie at the time, "Eagle Eye." During Labeouf's appearance, he tells Leno that an FBI expert working as a consultant on the production of the movie shared with him the extent of the government's surveillance of private citizens at that time, which he said included recording one out of every phone calls we make. To prove his point, the FBI consultant played for him a call Labeouf had made two years prior to the making of the movie. The opening paragraph from Wikipedia of the plot for the movie reads:
Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) is a Stanford University dropout who learns that his identical twin brother Ethan, a US Air Force first lieutenant, has been killed. Following the funeral, Jerry is surprised to find $750,000 in his bank account. He later finds his apartment filled with weapons, ammonium nitrate, classified DOD documents, and forged passports. He receives a phone call from a woman who says the FBI is about to arrest him and that he needs to run.So was anyone prosecuted for leaking this information to a Hollywood actor discussing specific techniques of government surveillance? You know the answer. Just like nobody in the Obama administration was prosecuted for leaking classified information about the supposed capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden for the making of "Zero Dark Forty." Hat tip to Gawker.
Listen to Charles Strange, father of Michael Strange, one of the members of Navy Seal Team 6, which carried out the mission to capture Bin Laden, as he blames Obama administration official leaks for the death of his son and many of his fellow Seal Team members in Afghanistan.