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US Agencies 'Too Cosy' With Osama Filmmakers
Defence and intelligence officials in the US have been accused of jeopardising national security by working too closely with the makers of a film about the death of Osama bin Laden.
Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow, tells the story of the special forces raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan last May.
Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King, a Republican who first raised questions about the bin Laden movie last summer, said newly-released documents confirmed his suspicions.
Mr King said Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal had received "extremely close, unprecedented and potentially dangerous collaboration" from the Obama administration.
He said the Defence Department granted the pair access to a planner, operator and commander of Seal Team 6 - the unit that killed bin Laden in Abbottabad.
Other documents showed the filmmakers met White House officials on at least two occasions to discuss the movie.
A CIA email indicates that Bigelow and Boal were granted access to "The Vault", which is described as the CIA building where some of the tactical planning for the raid took place.
However, Pentagon press secretary George Little has disputed some of the allegations.
He said that although a planner had been suggested as a possible point of contact for information, a meeting between that planner and the filmmakers never actually occurred.
The Defence Department regularly works with the entertainment industry on films and the goal is to "make them as realistic as possible", he added.
Pentagon officials did meet the producers of the film, he said, but "never reviewed a script of the movie".
He also denied the co-operation was an attempt to boost President Barack Obama's election chances, and said the film would not be out until after the poll in November.
Boal and Bigelow worked together on The Hurt Locker, about a US Army bomb disposal expert in Iraq, which won six Oscars in 2010.
Shooting for Zero Dark Thirty - out later this year - is in progress in Chandigarh, India, which is doubling up for Pakistan.
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I don't really understand this drivvel, as it's already been admitted that the whole show with the politicians looking on (Hilarly should have been nominated for an Oscar) was all staged and a fake. They didn't kill him in Pakistan - he had already been treated in a US hospital around 2001 for a kidney disorder and was dead by 2003 as again has already been admitted by US officials in 2003. As for being buried sat sea in the muslim tradition ......... first I've ever heard of - don't they usually have simple unmarked graves?
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So the US government handing out classified information is OK, but if an individual leaks information (often far less sensitive information) they are hounded through the courts. So much for Obama's 'the most open government ever'. So the bottom line is, if you leak classified information that shows the government in a good light, then that's fine. But if you leak something they don't like, then you're nicked mate. Call this a free society?
Bet Osama had a shock when he arrived in the afterlife expecting 77 virgins and rivers of honey, to find Satan and his sharp pitchfork instead. Ouch !
They should make a film about Mai Lai, Haditha,Falugah and other USA gun waving incidents. Never boast about how pure and rightceous you are to the rest of the world when only you believe it.