Rep. King Questions If Obama Admin Leaking Sensitive Bin Laden Info To Movie Makers

White House Laughs At Assertion; Dem Says GOP Trying To Delay Release

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Congressman Peter King is raising questions about a movie focused on the killing of Osama bin Laden. While the premise isn’t in question, whether top secret information is being given to the film makers is.

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The killing of bin Laden by Navy SEALs was a pivotal moment for this country and it’s president that’ll soon be the stuff of a Hollywood movie.

And that concerns Long Island Rep. King, who is demanding to know if the Obama administration is giving classified information to Sony Pictures and Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Hurt Locker,” a gritty drama about military bomb squads in Iraq.

“There has been so much sensitive information leaked,” Rep. King told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey on Wednesday night.

Bigelow’s next project — the decade long hunt for bin Laden — is a movie set to be released just weeks before the 2012 elections.

“When you look at the whole totality here, it raises very serious questions,” Rep. King said.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has written a letter to the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense saying if classified information is being given to the movie maker it belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history.

But Congressman Adam Schiff of California, a member of the Intelligence Committee, said Rep. King, a Republican, is playing politics and just wants to find a way to delay the moving until after the elections.

“It seems to be driven more about an interest on how this will affect the president’s campaign than about the security aspects of leaks about the bin Laden raid,” Rep. Schiff said.

“I want the inspector general to assure me and assure the Congress that there’s enough precautions in place to make sure that no sensitive or classified information is going to be revealed,” Rep. King said.

The White House said Bigelow and the company are getting the same access as anyone else.

“First of all, the claims are ridiculous,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “I would hope as we face a continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.”

The movie’s director and screenwriter sidestepped questions about classified information, saying: “This was an American triumph, both heroic and non-partisan and there is no basis to suggest that our film will represent this enormous victory otherwise.”

The movie’s makers said the project will integrate the collective efforts of the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations to find bin Laden.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • wapini hota

    King has always been an Ass w/a capital A. Give me a break.

    • Vince

      That’s a fact could never stand the man.

  • Norman

    Congressman King is “raising questions” because he has no evidence that something illegal or unethical is going on, and if he did he would have said so. This is all about trying to deny the realiity that this administration killed Bin Laden, when the previous could not, and it comes across as sour grapes. King is just one notch below Sen Shumer as far as shameless use of the local media.

    Does anyone recall what King had to say about other administrations’ selective release of classified information and the outing of our own agents for political gain? {sound of crickets}

  • iggy

    since the hurt locker was a phony movie, maybe the republikans under w gave THEIR support.

  • TomNJ

    I would still like to know how Obama killed him? I mean, we had been looking for 10 years under 2 administrations. So, intel found him in 2011 and seals killed him. Why should Obama get credit just because he was in office at the time? It was a standing operation wasn’t it? Put in place under Bush.

    • iggy

      w couldn’t kill osama, the bushes are great friend of the bin laden family. the bin ladens give the bushes money from the oil industry. where have you been?

  • Photo shop and frozen

    The real movie would read:

    Bin Laden died 10 years ago and the froze his body for a “rainy day”
    aka dismal job in office, bad economy, etc.

    defrosted and shot the corpse, but being 10 years did not look convincing (that is why only one senator saw the botched job)
    last minute photo shop failed to make it convincing.

    Oh what the heck, just dump him in the ocean 200 miles away and say we gave him a formal burial at sea

    then blow up the helicopter, thereby elimination the seal team that carried this out , no future snitches to worry about. Right?

    • zb

      It is ok to say the bad economy is Obama problem but the Ben Laden is Bush victory Americans make up your minds obviously if it is war is Bush and your right he started it wasting sooo much money that is why we dont have money in the first place

  • pete

    Why not to give credit to Obama who succeeded where others failed miserably. Why this “Hunt for Obama” by King and the Republicans when they got this country in the shape it is now. Why not being an American first, and as a Republican politician share the blame for a disastrous Busch administration.

  • Vince

    What you’re nervous it might give O another term?
    Much as I think he has betrayed us in a number of areas.
    I sooner have him then any of the kooks the right has to offer

  • Youngpeter

    Stupid Hollywood, they have done more in the past 50 years to destroy the fabric of this country than anyone. A good movie is fun, a movie trying to show life as it isn’t is destructive. Folks are stupid these days, they are easily fooled and duped. The more incredible the special effects, the more lifelike the script, the more the idiots of the world believe it. SONY is evil, period. They just don’t get it and never will.

    • Vince

      Are they now? Tell you what pal I’m smart, very smart but I give it up to be that stupid to make the kind of money that Hollywood makes.
      That was a stupid thing to say.

      • Youngpeter

        They just make the movies and take in the cash, they could give a Rat’s ass of the damage left behind. All we need now is a Bin Laden movie about 30 days before Obama runs for re-election. You’re OK, people in general are idiots.

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