I look forward to Leon Panetta getting the FOX/James Rosen treatment, but we all know that’s not going to happen. Instead Panetta has just gotten a $3 million deal to write a memoir. Is there 3 million bucks worth of sales in a memoir from a hack whose sole achievement is loyalty to the Clintons?
Doubtfully. But book deals are often part of bigger deals when it comes to celebrity or political memoirs. And Panetta’s book likely will not discuss his role in the death of four Americans in Benghazi (aside from the rote, I felt bad and I did everything I could and I learned a lesson from it) or the leak that doomed one of the few people in Pakistan willing to risk their lives to do the right thing.
It was the Obama administration that sealed the fate of the Pakistani doctor jailed for helping nail Osama Bin Laden, by divulging key details after the fact and dooming any chance Shakil Afridi’s cover story could win his freedom, according to a confidential Pakistani report.
“The statement by the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was the CIA Director when May 2 happened, confirming the role of Dr. Afridi in making the U.S. assassination mission a success, rendered much of what Afridi told the Commission very questionable if not outright lies,” states the report, which has not been released, but which FoxNews.com has viewed.
Indeed, Panetta and others in the Obama administration were sharply criticized domestically for discussing the raid and efforts involving Afridi to obtain DNA from the compound’s occupants by posing as a medical team offering vaccinations. Nearly five months before Afridi’s sentencing, while the doctor was being held and interrogated by Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence agency , Panetta spoke on record in an interview to CBS “60 Minutes” confirming Afridi’s role in late January 2012. The statements came after Afridi had testified to the commission, and sharply contradicted his story.
“This was an individual, in fact that helped provide intelligence, that was very helpful in regards to this operation and he was not in any way treasonous towards Pakistan,” Panetta told the program in January, 2012, in the first acknowledgement of Afridi’s role.