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White House Compromising Intelligence with bin Laden Movie?

1:32 PM, Aug 10, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Did the Obama administration compromise intelligence and sensitive military information by giving a Hollywood director high level access to details of the killing of Osama bin Laden? That’s what Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wants to investigate.

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In a letter to the inspectors general at the Department of Defense and the CIA, King expresses concern about the cooperation between the White House and the filmmakers of an upcoming movie about the raid in Abbottobad, Pakistan, that killed bin Laden. He refers to Maureen Dowd’s August 7 column in the New York Times in which Dowd reported that director Kathryn Bigelow and her crew were “getting top-level access” to the details of the operation.

“The Administration’s first duty in declassifying material is to provide full reporting to Congress and the American people, in an effort to build public trust through transparency of government,” King writes. “In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history.” Read the whole letter here.

In addition to the questionable content of the film, the timing of its planned release—October 2012, a month before the presidential election—is also suspect, though it wouldn’t be the first time Hollywood has tried to brazenly influence an election. 2000’s The Contender, starring Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, and Jeff Bridges, sympathetically depicted a Democratic vice presidential candidate with a trumped up sex scandal. The movie also came out about a month before the election, in October 2000. 

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