Hollywood Got Inside Scoop on bin Laden Raid
Despite leak warnings, CIA, Pentagon and White House rolled out the red carpet
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 23, 2012 11:24 AM CDT
What are the odds Hollywood tries to recreate this?   (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

(Newser) – The White House, CIA, and Pentagon all gave special access to Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow to help with her movie about Osama bin Laden's death, according to documents obtained by the conservative Judicial Watch. In one interview, Undersecretary of Defense Mike Vickers tells Bigelow that top admirals can't talk because it would set "a bad example if it gets out," but that she could interview a SEAL Team 6 operator, who would "give you everything you … would get from Adm Olson or Adm McRaven."

Screenwriter Michael Boal was also allowed to visit CIA headquarters, where he saw a mockup of the Abbottabad complex. "We're trying to keep [Boal's] visits at HQs a bit quiet," a CIA spokesman says in one email. "I'm sure you understand." Conservatives say the documents show that the Obama administration gave out secret info to help create a flattering film. The visits took place last summer—just weeks, Politico points out, after Robert Gates warned of the dangers of leaking details of the raid.

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May 23, 2012 3:03 PM CDT
Let's see here...a President allows information to be leaked to create a film that is complimentary to him and his administration. Bush = Obama How can anyone tell them apart?
May 23, 2012 2:56 PM CDT
Nobody complained when the Bush administration did this very same thing with the Iraq invasion. They let a screenwriter into CIA headquarters to see a mockup of Halliburton investing and profit schemes.
May 23, 2012 1:02 PM CDT
can you say: "recruitment film", America is great!!