CIA Chief Pans Zero Dark Thirty
Morell complains about emphasis on interrogation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2012 1:32 PM CST
This publicity film image from Columbia Pictures shows Jessica Chastain in a scene from "Zero Dark Thirty."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

(Newser) – Add none other than acting CIA chief Michael Morell to the list of critics of Zero Dark Thirty. In a memo to employees, Morell says the movie about the capture of Osama bin Laden gives too much weight to the use of harsh interrogation, reports E! Online. "The film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding" bin Laden, he writes. "That impression is false."

Morell also complains that the movie suggests only a few people were responsible for the successful raid, when in fact it was the result of a 10-year effort by "hundreds of officers." The CIA's Office of Public Affairs "interacted" with Kathryn Bigelow's film crew to some extent, he says, but the agency had no control over the finished product. Earlier this week, Dianne Feinstein and John McCain were among those who publicly criticized the movie for its emphasis on interrogation.

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HANKHILL
Dec 24, 2012 2:46 PM CST
stoooooooooooooopid movie but jessica chastain is hot hot hot!
reallybig
Dec 23, 2012 9:57 AM CST
WHAT? --- How can anyone exaggerate the danger and heroism of the 30 Navy Seals in full body armour and armed to the teeth, with armoured assault helicopters and a complete aircraft carrier task force, and thousands of troops standing by, in the assassination of one old driver, a teenage boy, and Bin Laden a sick and dying old man? -- REALLY? -- They say Obama fretted and worried, that he hadn't committed enough manpower and naval and air-power resources to complete the mission to assassinate Bin Laden, and his old driver, and Bin Laden's teenage son. -- HEROIC? -- Team Obama and the left wing news media rank the Bin Laden, old man, and teenage boy assassination, right up there with the famous last stand of the Greek Spartan 300 against a million Persians at Thermopylae. -------- REALLY
loyalamerican
Dec 22, 2012 9:23 PM CST
McCain critisizes anything that doesn't come from Bohner's mouth.