11:08 am Jul. 26, 2012
In a court filing yesterday, an attorney for the Justice Department conceded the CIA had "inadvertently overlooked" a four- to five-inch stack of documents that relate to an upcoming Kathryn Bigelow movie "Zero Dark Thirty" about the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, has sued the CIA and the Department of Defense for records that would show how much access was provided to the filmmakers, Bigelow and Mark Boal.
Representative Peter King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, has suggested the White House might have exposed classified information to the filmmakers.
“I find this recent document discovery troubling," said King in a statement this morning. "The Obama Administration’s extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration with these filmmakers is a serious matter that deserves serious scrutiny."
King has been calling for an investigation since last year, when news of the film was first reported.
The White House has been criticized in recent weeks for allegedly leaking classified information to bolster President Obama's bona fides on foreign policy.
His opponent, Mitt Romney, recently labeled the leaks "contemptible" and called for a full investigation, and the allegations received a re-airing when Demoratic senator Dianne Feinstein suggested they must have come from the White House. (She quickly retracted the assertion, after Republicans pounced on the remark.)
The film was initially scheduled to be released in the lead-up to the November elections, but is now slated for a December release.