The persons who will produce and direct the forthcoming movie on the life and eventual fall of the late Muslim terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden has denied reports that the film that will be released in 2012, is made in order to boost the reelection bid of United States president Barrack Obama. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal said there is no truth to such reports since the movie is made for the American public and the world and not for the electoral campaign of Obama.
“Our upcoming film project about the decade long pursuit of Bin Laden has been in the works for many years and integrates the collective efforts of three administrations, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama,” the two filmmakers said. “This was an American triumph, both heroic and non-partisan,” the two filmmakers added.
Earlier, certain sectors in American society lambasted the forthcoming release of the film on October 12,2012 since it aims to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign of Obama who is set to face a tough battle against his opponents for the presidency next year.The critics of the movie even went to the extent of saying that both Bigelow and Boal, who produced the award winning Iraq war movie Hurt Locker were given illegal access to the most classified mission on the killing of Bin Laden.
Republican congressman Peter King who is one of the critics of the film and chairman of the House Homeland Security committee already called for an investigation into the claims of access and classified information being shared for political benefit with regards to the movie. “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 transpare ncy of government,” King wrote in a letter to Defense Department Inspector General Gordon Heddell and CIA Inspector General David Buckley.
The White House through spokesman Jay Carney denied there is a breach of security when the government allowed the filmmakers the chance to talk to security officials.
Carney added that when writers and filmmakers ask to speak with administration officials, the White House simply tries to oblige and ensure accuracy.”We do not discuss classified information. 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,” Carney said.