Congressman Wants Probe Of Bin Laden Movie

Aug 10, 2011

A House committee chairman wants an investigation of Obama administration cooperation with award-winning filmmakers on a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The White House says it did not give anyone special access.

Republican Peter King, who heads the Homeland Security Committee, says there has been too much talk already about the raid by Navy SEALS that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in May.

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.

King says the Obama administration is trying to promote "a cinematographic view of history." White House spokesman Jay Carney says the claims are ridiculous.

"We do not discuss classified information, and I would hope that as we face a continued threat of international terrorism, the House Homeland Security Committee would have more important topics to discuss than a movie," he says.

Carney says the information the film crew received was no different from the information the White House gave reporters.

The picture will be directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenwriter will be Mark Boal, both 2009 Academy Award winners for The Hurt Locker.

NPR's Ari Shapiro contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press

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