The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee sought an investigation Wednesday into the Obama administration's cooperation with award-winning filmmakers working on a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said too much information already has leaked out about the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden May 2 in Pakistan, 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 movie will be directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and the screenwriter will be Mark Boal, 2009 Academy Award winners for "The Hurt Locker."
The White House ridiculed King's request, saying the moviemakers will not receive any sensitive information.
Press secretary Jay Carney said that information provided about the raid was focused on President Obama's role and that it's the same information given to anybody writing about the topic.
King said his staff has spoken to CIA officials who were upset about any cooperation with the moviemakers. Among the things he asked the inspectors general to investigate were:
*Any consultations within the administration on the advisability of providing Hollywood executives access to covert military operators and clandestine CIA officers to discuss the raid.
*Whether a copy of the film would be submitted to the military and CIA for prescreening review to determine whether special operations tactics, techniques and procedures, or intelligence sources and methods, would be revealed.
*Whether filmmakers attended a meeting with special operations personnel and CIA officers and whether any such attendance was balanced against the duty to maintain cover for these operatives.
The movie may be released by Sony Pictures Entertainment next fall, shortly before the November 2012 elections.
Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters, "This film project is only in the script development phase, and [the department] 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."