(Newsroom America) -- A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is preparing to launch a television ad campaign critical of President Obama for taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden and for high-level leaks they say are endangering American lives.
The group, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., says it's a non-partisan organization and is not connected to a particular political party. The group "is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its political activities should be secondary," Reuters reported.
Leaders of OPSEC say they are not political and that their aim is to protect American lives. Its opening ad is a 22-minute film criticizing Obama and his administration over perceived leaks and arrogance regarding bin Laden's death.
"Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not," says Ben Smith, identified as a U.S. Navy SEAL in the film, according to Reuters, which viewed the film before its release.
"As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy," Smith goes on to say. "It will get Americans killed."
The report quoted an unnamed Obama campaign official who responded, "No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have, and it's clear they've resorted to making things up for purely political reasons."
Obama has touted his foreign policy record while on the campaign trail. He has emphasized how he presided over the killing of bin Laden by ordering SEALs into a compound in Pakistan where he was hiding, as well as how he ended the Iraq war and set a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The White House has denied leaking classified information about U.S. intelligence operations to newspapers like The New York Times.
The OPSEC group's president, Scott Taylor, is a former Navy SEAL who in 2010 ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Virginia.
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