US Lawmaker Calls for Probe of Bin Laden Movie Project

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. lawmaker is calling for an investigation into contacts between the Obama administration and filmmakers who are working on a project about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, including the May 2 raid that killed the former al-Qaida leader.

Republican Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, is questioning whether the White House discussed classified information and compromised special operations methods.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the claims are “ridiculous” and that no sensitive information has been shared.

The Pentagon and White House both say they commonly provide research assistance to filmmakers and authors.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal said in a statement they have been working on the project for years, and that the story will incorporate the efforts to find bin Laden dating back to the administration of former president Bill Clinton.

The pair's 2009 film The Hurt Locker about a bomb-defusing squad in Iraq won “best picture” honors at the U.S. film industry's annual awards ceremony. Bigelow also made history by becoming the first woman to be named best director at the Oscars.

King reacted to a New York Times column that said the filmmakers are being given “top-level access” to the mission to find bin Laden. The article also suggests the film's possible released date just before next year's presidential election is timed to boost President Barack Obama's re-election bid.