President Barack Obama‘s aides and allies are trying to undermine an emerging campaign by former soldiers who are slamming the White House for what they see as a willingness to betray the nation’s secrets in exchange for publicity.

His aides released a plea from Sen. John Kerry late Friday, urging supporters to ignore the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund’s hard-hitting criticisms. OPSEC is military jargon for operational security.

The email from Kerry did not include any evidence that Obama’s aides were not responsible for the release of the secrets to the media.

Those secrets included the existence of a U.S. spy in al-Qaida, as well as secret details about the successful killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Those details included the existence of a U.S. spy network in Pakistan.

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