February 15th, 2013
07:12 PM ET

Navy SEAL commander rebuts 'Shooter' claim

By Barbara Starr

The commander of all Navy SEALS is sharply critical of claims attributed to a man called "The Shooter," identified in a published report to have been the SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden but felt mistreated by the military when he left the service.

Esquire magazine's riveting account of the 2011 bin Laden raid in Pakistan was based on an interview with the former SEAL, who was not named but complained about losing his health care coverage when he left the Navy last year.

He was short of the full 20-year career required to receive such benefits.

"Concerning recent writing and reporting on 'The Shooter' and his alleged situation, this former SEAL made a deliberate and informed decision to leave the Navy several years short of retirement status," said Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command.
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Kerry: Diplomacy equals jobs
February 15th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

Kerry: Diplomacy equals jobs

By Jill Dougherty

John Kerry, the new secretary of state, jokingly calls himself a "recovering politician."

After 28 years in the Senate, he now finds himself "sort of walking a new line," as he says, not allowed to mix politics with international policy.

But Kerry does see a direct connection between what the State Department does abroad and its impact at home.

"This is not just about over there; this is about here," he told staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Friday.
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CIA nominee met with 'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmaker
John Brennan is President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA Director.
February 15th, 2013
06:30 PM ET

CIA nominee met with 'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmaker

By Barbara Starr

President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the CIA met for an hour with one of the filmmakers of "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the agency's effort to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

John Brennan, who currently serves as the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, detailed that meeting for the first time in written answers to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The panel is considering his nomination to head the spy agency.

Brennan told the committee that he and other White House officials met with filmmaker Mark Boal on June 30, 2011, for an unclassified discussion "on how White House officials viewed the opportunities and risks associated with a film about the raid that killed bin Laden" the previous month. FULL POST