Senate committee to investigate CIA contact with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ filmmakers

By Daniel S Levine,

After three senators bashed Kathryn Bigelow’s critical favorite Zero Dark Thirty for its portrayal of torture in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, the Senate Intelligence Committee is reportedly investigating the communication between CIA officials and the filmmakers.

Zero Dark Thirty has been surrounded by controversy since it was announced, with Republicans suggesting that the film was a political ploy to help President Obama during the election. But even though the film is now not hitting theaters nationwide until next week, it has still been the target of politicians. Senators Carl Levin, Dianne Feinstein and John McCain slammed the film in a letter last month, calling it “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Osama bin Laden.”

Now, Reuters is reporting that the Senate panel is going to look into possible “inappropriate” communication between director Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and the CIA during production. Reuters’ source says that they will look into the CIA’s role in the harsh torture scenes depicted in the film.

The future of Michael Morell, the deputy CIA director and now the acting chief after David Petraeus’ resignation, might be affected by the film as well, since documents show that he communicated with the filmmakers. Morell is considered in the running to take over the CIA full-time.

According to The AP, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and others sent a letter to Morell this week, asking for all communication between the CIA and the filmmakers. The organization said that it will cooperate.

Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain and hits theaters nationwide on Jan. 11.

image: Sony

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