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  • Updated: December 17, 2012 - 10:40 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Bin Laden film leak referred to Justice

Pentagon investigators concluded that a senior Defense Department official who's been mentioned as a possible candidate to be the next CIA director leaked restricted information to the makers of an acclaimed film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and referred the case to the Justice Department, according to knowledgeable U.S. officials. The Justice Department received the case involving Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers in September, but so far it has declined to launch a criminal prosecution, said two senior U.S. officials who requested anonymity. Vickers, a former Army special forces operator and onetime CIA paramilitary officer, is the top intelligence adviser to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Panel delivers report on Benghazi attack

A high-level State Department investigative panel turned over a secret report Monday assessing blame for the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for a clash this week between the White House and GOP critics. The report was handed over two days before congressional panels are to hear testimony.

Pentagon to reimburse Pakistan for $688M

The Pentagon quietly notified Congress this month that it would reimburse Pakistan $688 million for the cost of stationing 140,000 troops on the border with Afghanistan, an effort to normalize support for the Pakistani military after nearly two years of crises and mutual retaliation. U.S. and Pakistani officials say the lack of reaction to the payment -- the first since earlier this summer -- underscores how relations between the two countries have been gradually thawing.

SWEDEN

WWII-era sub found in Baltic Sea

A Soviet submarine that sank in 1941 in the Baltic Sea off Sweden has been discovered on the seabed. The severely damaged sub was found in an area mined by German forces. Russian authorities have been notified so they can prepare a memorial ceremony at the wreck, considered a war grave.

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