Led by chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee will begin looking into the contacts between Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal for “inappropriate” access to CIA documents regarding the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, on which the film is based.
There has been some verbal backlash against the film by Congressional members including Sen. Jon McCain over the interrogation scene in the film. CIA Director Michael Morell met with Bigelow and Boal, although he was Deputy Director at the time, to discuss depictions of the events in the film.
“Two days after the Senators made public their letter to Sony, the CIA released a statement by Morell, who said that Zero Dark Thirty was a “dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts,” and that while the agency had “interacted” with the filmmakers, it did not “control the final product.”
Morell’s statement was equivocal on whether “enhanced interrogations” had produced information critical to finding bin Laden.
“Whether enhanced interrogation techniques were the only timely and effective way to obtain information from those detainees, as the film suggests, is a matter of debate that cannot and never will be definitively resolved,” Morell added.”
Zero Dark Thirty will be released nationwide on January 11.