Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie

Ra! Ra! film to be investigated?:
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday demanded an investigation into a report that the White House is cooperating with a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

In a letter to the Defense Department and the CIA, King asked for a probe and classified briefing about any cooperation or consultation between the agencies and the producers of the film, set to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who in 2008 made “The Hurt Locker,” which won six Oscars, including best picture and best director.

“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 wrote. “In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney called the claims “ridiculous” during his daily press briefing.

Carney said the White House is offering the same level of cooperation to the filmmakers as it does with other journalists.

“We don’t discuss classified information,” he said.
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