Senate Intelligence Committee to probe contact between CIA and “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers

If any publicity really is good publicity, expect “Zero Dark Thirty” to be a giant box-office hit.

First, a group of Senators objected to the portrayal of torture in the film, calling it “inaccurate and misleading.” Then the acting director of the CIA called the movie a “dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts.

Now the Senate Intelligence Committee is launching a probe into the contact between the CIA and filmmakers.

According to Reuters, the investigators are looking to see if CIA officials gave the film’s director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal “inappropriate” access to any classified information.

“They will also probe whether CIA personnel are responsible for the portrayal of harsh interrogation practices, and in particular the suggestion that they were effective,” Reuters reports from a source close to the matter.

The CIA had no comment on the Congressional probe, according to Reuters.

The film, which depicts the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that led to his death, has been screened in Los Angeles and New York, but does not release nationwide until January 11. While the CIA interactions with the filmmakers could possibly land some top agency officials in hot water, the controversy could spell success for the film.

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