The hunt for al-Qaeda leader and international villain Osama bin Laden ended last May with a movie-worthy bang. Naturally, Hollywood jumped on the chance to dramatize the top secret Navy SEAL Team Six operation and the 10 year hunt for the world’s most hated man.
“Zero Dark Thirty,” from the Academy Award winning director of “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, is one of two movies about the raid opening this year, and it has already garnered partisan criticism months before its December release.
The film was originally slated for a summer release, but Sony decided to push the release date to after the presidential election in November to avoid any criticism that the film could help President Obama’s re-election effort.
During production of the film, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Peter King slammed the White House for allegedly giving Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal access to classified documents surrounding the raid.
According to King, correspondence between the filmmakers and top administration officials shows “a damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration with top officials at the CIA, the [Department of Defense] and the White House and a top Democratic lobbying firm.”
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch allege that the filmmakers were being fed White House approved talking points as the framework for the film.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said that the claims are “ridiculous.”