Worried that Obama administration officials may be providing filmmakers with "top level access" to classified information surrounding the takedown of Osama bin Laden to help paint the president in a favorable light, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into the White House's alleged collusion with Hollywood.
In a letter to Defense Department Inspector General Gordon Heddell and CIA Inspector General David Buckley, King wrote: “The administration’s first duty in declassifying material is to provide full reporting to Congress and the American people, in an effort to build public trust through transparency of government. In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history.”
King’s letter also references a recent NYTimes opinion column written by Maureen Dowd in which she claims movie director Kathryn Bigelow has been receiving “top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.”
Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of "The Hurt Locker," is reportedly working on a film about the mission that took down the al Qaeda leader earlier this year. The untitled film is slated for an October 2012 release -- just days before the 2012 presidential election.