The report references the relatively small role played by the White House beyond "green lighting" the Defense Department to proceed with their discussions with the filmmakers and saying in June 2011 that the White House "does want to engage with Mark [Boal] but it probably won't be for a few more weeks." The White House did not discuss with the Defense Department, for instance, the advisability of providing filmmakers access to special operations personnel, it says.
It also says that no precautions had been taken "to prevent the compromise of [Defense Department] special operations TTPs [tactics, techniques and procedures]," but none had been exposed at the events covered in the report.
When Vickers' alleged disclosure came to light last December, allegations also arose that the Inspector General's office was delaying the release of the report in deference to Panetta's then-upcoming retirement. A senior Defense official said at the time that was incorrect.
"It's wrong for anyone to suggest the investigation has been held up for political reasons or to avoid embarrassment," the official said then. "The investigation simply hasn't concluded. These things often take time."
Almost six months later, the report still has not been officially released and a spokesperson for the IG's office told ABC News they do not have a projected date of completion.
"We are working diligently to complete the project as soon as possible," the spokesperson said, declining to comment on allegations of political pressure. In his letter to Hagel, King reminded the military chief that "any pressure placed upon DOD IG personnel, to prevent or prohibit them from carrying out or completing their investigation, would violate the Inspector General Act of 1978."
After "Zero Dark Thirty" was released in January, Panetta said it was "great," but he would have preferred to have been played by Al Pacino, rather than James Gandolfini.