A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes
government corruption has obtained some documents revealing that
President Obama's re-election team appears to have worked out a
secret deal with a filmmaker to make the president look "gutsy" in
the upcoming film about the killing of Osama bin Laden.
As reported earlier, House Homeland Security
Committee Chairman Peter King believes the CIA and Defense
Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely
with filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin
Now, documents obtained by Judicial
Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit reveal that
the Obama administration did so in hopes that the film -- titled
Zero Dark Thirty -- would help Obama's re-election
"For instance, the filmmakers were given access to a
translator who was on the raid," notes Judicial Watch President Tom
Fitton. "Presumably the identities of people like that are top
secret, or ought to be classified as sensitive, but I guess if
you're a Hollywood filmmaker about to make a movie that, at least
according to the documents, suggests that the president's call was
'gutsy,' you're going to get this type of special access."
And though public disclosure of this story has compelled the
producers to change the film's release from October to December to
keep it from helping Obama, Fitton says it does not matter.
"The question is whether or not information was being leaked to
these filmmakers to help them achieve a political result," he
notes, "and you can't draw any other conclusion. But folks can go
and look at the documents themselves."
Fitton concludes that there needs to be a thorough investigation
by a special counsel, independent of the Justice Department.