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Congressman asks for probe of bin Laden film

by Candice Miller on August 12, 2011

Congressman asks for probe of bin Laden film
LARRY MARGASAK/ Associated Press (Detroit News)
Washington — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee sought an investigation Wednesday into the Obama administration’s cooperation with award-winning filmmakers working on a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said too much information already has leaked out about the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in May, and Pentagon officials have cautioned against discussing details of the mission.
King asked the inspectors general of the CIA and Defense Department to determine what consultations occurred in the Obama administration about providing Hollywood with access to covert military operators and clandestine CIA officers.
The picture will be directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenwriter will be Mark Boal, 2009 Academy Award winners for “The Hurt Locker.”
The White House ridiculed King’s request, saying the moviemakers will not receive any sensitive information.
Press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, “When people, including you in this room, are working on articles, books, documentaries or movies that involve the president, ask to speak to administration officials, we do our best to accommodate them to make sure that facts are correct. That is hardly a novel approach to the media. We do not discuss classified information.”
King said his staff has spoken to CIA officials who were upset about any cooperation with the movie-makers.
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, a member of King’s committee, said, “These reports are incredibly concerning and must be fully investigated immediately.”

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