When I went to Boot Camp, this was drummed into us on a daily basis. When I got married, I taught my wife this and she still is very cautions to talk about my Navy career. But, it seems some of our political minions have not been taught this or have chose to ignore it. The raid to kill Usama Bin Ladin was a success because it was done in secrecy. The group that did it was formed, trained, and operated, in secrecy. Their existence was rumored, talked about in veiled nuances, but never confirmed. Yes a retired SEAL Commander has written books about covert ops, but they are mostly fiction. After the UBL raid, the President did not name the group responsible for the operation. Good on him! But the Vice President, in one of his "Senior Moments", blew almost 30 years of secrecy!
I suppose it's not such a big thing since many people knew they existed anyway, even though there was never an official government recognition of their existence. But the Vice President even gave their home base location!
When I worked in a special program back in my uniformed days, our trained response, when asked about our capability was; "I can neither confirm or deny...". That worked then, and someone should teach those words to the VP, soon!