Adm. Bill McRaven, the nation's top military officer for special operations forces like the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs, came under some not-so-friendly fire Tuesday, facing criticism that too many details of his troops' missions are leaked to the press.
In the above video, John Miller, who has worked for the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, talked with Erica Hill and Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday about how much is too much when it comes to disclosing information on missions like the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden and the recent rescue of two aid workers from kidnappers in Somalia.
"This really has been something roiling in the community," Miller said.
Miller said that the best scenario that doesn't compromise the safety of U.S. troops is when sources only disclose interesting mission details to very experienced reporters who cover the military and keep concealed information of tactical value.
What generates the kind of pressure that McRaven faced Tuesday is when classified information is leaked by congressional or White House staffers who can't tell which details are of tactical value, Miller said. Of course, with special operations forces carrying out missions at a rate of four or five a day for the past two years, the details of which don't come to light, McRaven's missions largely stay true to his troops' nickname of "the quiet professionals."