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Obama Probe Sought on Bin Laden Film Talk

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) called on the CIA and Defense Department Wednesday to investigate whether or not President Barack Obama's administration provided Hollywood filmmakers with classified details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

King cited a New York Times column from Aug. 6 that said White House officials may have offered Sony Pictures Entertainment (SNE) and Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow top-level access to confidential information to produce a movie about the raid.

Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.)

"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," King said in a letter. "In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history."

Bigelow is expected to release a film about the bin Laden raid in October 2012, a month before the general election. The Internet Movie Database currently lists the movie as "Untitled International Thriller," and names only one cast member, Joe Edgerton.

"First of all, the claims are ridiculous ... the most specific information we've given from this White House about the actual raid I read to [the press] from this podium," said Jay Carney, White House press secretary. "And I would hope that as we face a continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie."

Classified leaks about the bin Laden killing have resulted in arrests of Pakistanis who were thought to have aided the CIA in reaching the al Qaeda leader, King said in the letter.

But the White House replied that it never discusses classified information.

"It's ridiculous for [Carney] not to realize how much sensitive information there has been disclosed," King told Politico on Thursday.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.



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