Bin Laden Movie Investigation and Obama Administration Cooperation

By: John Lester
Published: Aug 11, 2021

A member of Congress wants to open an investigation into a movie that’s being made about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Republican Peter King alleges that the Obama administration cooperated with award-winning filmmakers and granted them special access. King, who heads the Homeland Security Committee, says there has been too much talk already about the raid by Navy SEALS 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, both 2009 Academy Award winners for The Hurt Locker.

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. He says information provided about the raid was focused on President Barack Obama’s role.

King says his staff has spoken to CIA officials who were upset about any cooperation with the movie-makers.

Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters, “This film project is only in the script development phase, and DoD is providing assistance with script research, which is something we commonly do for established filmmakers.”

Bigelow and Boal said in a statement, “Our upcoming film project about the decade-long pursuit of bin Laden has been in the works for many years and integrates the collective efforts of three administrations, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as the cooperative strategies and implementation by the Department of Defense and the CIA.”

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