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December 5th, 2012
07:55 AM ET

Hollywood spy thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” stirs Oscar buzz and controversy in Washington, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports

Hollywood spy thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” tells the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Made by the Academy Award winning team of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the film follows “the female CIA analyst who finally figured out where he was hiding to the Navy SEALS who killed him.” CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr talks to the filmmakers behind the movie that has as much Oscar buzz as it does mystery.

“The mystery? In real life, everyone involved in the hunt for Bin Laden remains sworn to secrecy,” Starr reports. “But the filmmakers say they got first hand accounts.”  

Starr asks Boal and Bigelow about access to their sources, but they don't exactly say. “We take protecting our sources and the exact methodology of our sourcing pretty seriously,” Boal tells her.

The filmmakers’ access to the information used in the movie has meanwhile caused a raging controversy in Washington. “Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the House Security Committee, first called for an investigation at both the CIA and the Pentagon,” Starr reports.

“My understanding is that the Hollywood people got access to CIA operatives, CIA locations, that they had access to the Navy SEALS which they should not have had,” King says. He says the investigation has since been expanded. Starr says King's "concern is whether the government  is getting too close to Hollywood at the risk of the nation's secrets."

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  1. Amir Ali

    Sir mr asif ali zardari got the interest in natl issues in south korea ab/ electric and garbage n agriculture n dams improvement sewerage of dirty water..

    December 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  2. Amir Ali

    Sir Baluchistan chief minister trouser white color mr manmohan singh comin since 2/3 times and in mr asif ali zardari also got inside underwear as well..

    December 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  3. HappyBigBoy

    Kathryn Bigelow thank you.

    And thank you for finding so many WHITE actors to tell your story.

    We are so lucky to have White people that help us.

    I wonder WHY the rest of the World identified with Osama when he committed horrible violence.

    Can your next project be Muhamad Ali, but tell it from the White perspective.

    Chastain: why didn't you just cast Casper. Oh, and by the way ARE minorities over serving in Iraq as a portion of population, because sure did not feel that way after the Hurt Locker.

    You are the voice of White.....and thank you.

    December 5, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply

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