Bigelow had CIA help with Bin Laden film

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was given information on the Navy Seal team who located and killed Osama Bin Laden for her new film. The film, Zero Dark Thirty, covers the 2011 raid on the Al-Qaida supremo’s Pakistan hideout.

There has been some disquiet voiced about the level of cooperation granted to Bigelow and scriptwriter Mark Boal for the project. They were privy to secret information about the commando group, called Seal Team Six, that carried out the operation. They also had access to CIA records of the raid and were shown the CIA replica of Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.

Republican Peter King condemned the access given to the filmmakers. "It’s a damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration" he said. "If this facility is so secret that the name cannot even be seen by the public, then why in the world would the Obama administration allow filmmakers to tour it?"

Bigelow and Boal had previously denied that their film would glorify Obama’s role in the raid. "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," they wrote in a statement. "This was an American triumph, both heroic and non-partisan, and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise."

The film is set for release in December. The release has been pushed back to occur after the November presidential election.

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