Conservatives cried foul last year when the folks behind the upcoming film about the death of Osama bin Laden mulled a release date just before the 2012 elections. The film captures the raid that took down the world’s most infamous terrorist, arguably the biggest achievement during President Barack Obama’s tenure at the White House.
The bigger story may be how much information Obama officials gave to the filmmakers to make the movie a reality.
The Pentagon is investigating whether members of the Obama administration leaked classified information to director Kathryn Bigelow of “The Hurt Locker” fame to help shape the film.
Rep. Peter King, who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, has questioned how much information was shared about the U.S. special operations mission in Pakistan that killed the al-Qaida leader in May. King on Thursday released a December letter from the Pentagon saying that the inspector general’s office covering intelligence matters “will address actions taken by Department of Defense personnel related to the release of information to the filmmakers.”
The untitled bin Laden film, in the works for months before the actual raid, is expected to hit theaters at the end of 2012.