Last year following the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the writing-directing team of Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) immediately began to reshape a film about Bin Laden they were already working on by updating it to include the events that lead to the terrorist leader's death. Soon after their plans were announced, the New York Times wrote a story in which the writer, Maureen Dowd, alluded to the fact that Bigelow and Boal may have received classified information regarding the Bin Laden killing, which, if true, is not exactly kosher. That's when New York politician and Homeland Security Chairman Peter King stepped in seeking an investigation into exactly what sort of information Bigelow and Boal were provided, saying -- in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times -- that the "leaks that followed the successful Bin Laden mission led to the arrests of Pakistanis and put in danger the mission’s heroes and their families." He added, "Privately, individuals in the intelligence and special operations communities expressed support for my request for a probe. I look forward to an update on the investigation and actions taken thus far."
Following confirmation that Joel Edgerton (along with several others, including Jessica Chastain) would star in the film, it was announced that the Defense Department and CIA have agreed to open up an investigation into whether or not Boal and Bigelow received classified information. In response to the investigation, King issued a statement saying, "Following a shockingly dismissive response to my request from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, I am pleased that the inspectors general at DoD and the CIA agree with me that potential leaks to filmmakers are something worth investigating and taking action to address."
Regardless of what the outcome is, CIA Deputy Inspector General Patricia A. Lewis says that they will develop a new written policy "to create a single point of reference that will govern future interactions with the entertainment industry" when it comes to the relationship between Hollywood and the CIA. So far neither Sony nor Bigelow or Boal have commented on the investigation.
What do you think about this? Should the government look into whether or not the filmmaking duo received classified information, or does it not really matter so long as the contents of their film don't give up anything that could put the country or the folks who carried out that mission in harm's way?
Kill Bin Laden is set to hit theaters on December 19th.
[via Fox News]