Lawmakers have stated that the CIA may have misled filmmakers about Osama Bin Laden’s assassination for the film Zero Dark Thirty.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed motion picture chronicles the events that took place behind-the-scenes leading up to the death of the notorious terrorist. According to CBS News, lawmakers believe the Central Intelligence Agency may have given the filmmakers some false information regarding the truth.
Officials are alleging that the CIA told Bigelow and company that torture was used to extra information from those who may know the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. Waterboarding techniques are shown being used in the film.
Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin, and Dianne Feinstein are now asking for the CIA to release the information they shared with Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers.
“Prior to, during, or after the detainee was subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques? If after, how long after?” the senators want to know.
The Miami Herald reports that the controversy surrounding the CIA’s supposed misleading of filmmakers is centered around comments recently made by the CIA’s Michael Morell last month. The acting director issued a statement on the organization’s official website stating that “enhanced techniques” were used to extract information from detainees.
The senators claim the prisoner who provided the most information regarding Osama Bin Laden did so before being exposed to these “enhanced techniques.” Since there seems to be a discrepancy of sorts, the CIA said it would cooperate with the senators’ request.
“As we’ve said before, we take very seriously our responsibility to keep our oversight committees informed and value our relationship with Congress,” a spokesperson for the CIA explained.
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty opens wide in the US on January 11.
Do you think the CIA may have misled filmmakers about the “enhanced techniques” used to obtain information about Osama Bin Laden?