Obama accused of providing classified Osama raid documents to Hollywood filmmaker
Washington, May 24 : U. S. President Barack Obama has been accused of risking America''s national security after allegedly giving Hollywood filmmakers access to secret material on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
The secret documents, released under Freedom of Information laws, reveal that Obama''s defence department and CIA assisted Kathryn Bigelow, an Oscar-winning director, during the making of her film on the raid.
The Obama administration also provided a planner, operator and commander of SEAL Team Six, the elite Navy squad, which killed Laden, to Bigelow, The Telegraph reports.
The filmmakers were taken to a classified facility, whose name had to be redacted in the released documents, and were allowed to tour the CIA vaults, containing vast amounts of secret information on the raid.
At the time, Bigelow''s film, titled ''Zero Dark Thirty'', was due to be released in October, but prompted accusations that it was timed to help Obama''s prospects for re-election the following month.
Congressman Peter King of New York, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the e-mails revealed a "damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration" between top Obama officials, the filmmakers and a Left-wing lobbying firm.
"If this facility is so secret that the name cannot even be seen by the public, then why in the world would the Obama Administration allow filmmakers to tour it?" King said.
The Republicans have said that the e-mails and transcripts, which amount to hundreds of pages, suggested that classified material might have been given to people without necessary security clearances. (ANI)