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Politician calls for investigation into Bigelow's new Bin Laden film

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Aug 11, 2011 | 1:30pm EDT

Bigelow and Boal were working on the film when the Al Qaeda leader was shot and killed by U.S. troops earlier this year (11), giving the project a huge publicity boost - but now politicians are demanding to know where the filmmakers got their information for the script and storyline.

And the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter T. King, fears the couple may have been given access to classified documents.

King has called for an official CIA investigation into the filmmaking process, telling the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "I'm very concerned that any sensitive information could be disclosed in a movie.

"The procedures and operations that we used in this raid are very likely what we'll use in other raids. There's no way a director would know what could be tipping off the enemy."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has dismissed the allegations suggesting Bigelow and Boal have been given access to confidential and delicate information.

He says, "When people are working on articles, books, documentaries or movies that involve the president, ask to speak to administration officials, we do our best to accommodate them to make sure the facts are correct.

"That is hardly a novel approach to the media. We do not discuss classified information. And I would hope that, as we face the continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie."

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