‘We’re so excited’: Secret emails reveal how Obama backed bin Laden film to help win reelectionOscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal got access to classified information to help make ‘Zero Dark Thirty’White House reminded filmmakers it wanted to ‘have visibility’ in the film so it could bask in the glory of bin Laden’s deathFilm was originally set to premier before the election, though Sony pushed back release date amid controversy By Daniel Bates Published: 18:19 BST, 29 August 2012 | Updated: 19:01 BST, 29 August 2012 e-mail 55 View The Obama administration gave its full backing to the official film version of the raid to kill Osama bin Laden in apparent attempt to give the President a pre-election boost.Newly released documents and emails show that as far back as June last year the CIA thought ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ would be a ‘winning horse’ and gave classified briefings to director Kathryn Bigelow.The film’s screenwriter Mark Boal also was allowed to make ‘deep dives’ into sensitive information to shape the script as intelligence officials developed a back-slapping and chummy relationship with him.Scroll down to watch trailer Special access: Officials at the CIA and the Defense Department decided to ‘back a winning… Read full this story
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