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August 17th, 2012
09:22 AM ET

OPSEC president: Security leaks 'had to be from the highest levels of government'

(CNN)- A web video featuring former special forces officers accuses President Barack Obama of taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and allowing classified information about the raid to become public.

The organization behind the ad, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, has posted the 22-minute web video on its website. A spokeswoman says the group has raised about $1 million toward an advertising campaign in some key swing states.

Over a picture of Obama, the video's narrator says that the group's mission is to stop politicians from using sensitive intelligence about the bin Laden raid and other clandestine programs for political benefit.

In a series of interviews, former military and intelligence officers accuse Obama of seeking political gain by disclosing successful secret operations.

Former Navy Seal Scott Taylor is the president of the organization that released the video and he joins Starting Point this morning to discuss the campaign and the backlash the video's received.

"We're upset about the unprecedented amount of leaks that have come out of the administration as well as the over politicized of the [Osama bin Laden] raid," Taylor says.

Responding to those who have criticized OPSEC's claim that top level White House officials are involved in the leaks, Taylor explains, "What the American public needs to understand is that security is very compartmentalized. There's only a finite amount of people that know certain aspects of security, so it had to be leaks from the highest levels of government."

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