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CIA's Michael Morell addresses 'Zero Dark Thirty' controversy


Acting Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Morell has waded into the controversy surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's movie "Zero Dark Thirty," sayng the film is "not a realistic portrayal of the facts."

The movie, which is tipped as a potential Oscar contender, is based on the real life hunt for Osama bin Laden and has sparked controversy by suggesting information that led to his capture was obtained using torture.

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In a rare public statement, Morell addressed the issues himself by writing an open letter to his CIA colleagues confirming the organization's involvement with the film but he maintains the filmmakers have used significant artistic license.

In a post on the CIA's public website, he writes, "I would not normally comment on a Hollywood film, but I think it important to put Zero Dark Thirty, which deals with one of the most significant achievements in our history, into some context... the film takes significant artistic licence, while portraying itself as being historically accurate...

"The film creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding Bin Laden. That impression is false.... What I want you to know is that Zero Dark Thirty is a dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts."

Morell's letter was released on Friday, two days after a group of U.S. senators sent a message to the film's distributors, Sony Pictures, demanding studio bosses attach a disclaimer to the film denying the CIA took any inappropriate action to obtain information.

Oscar-winning director Bigelow has defended her movie, previously telling, "The point was to immerse the audience in this landscape, not to pretend to debate policy. Was it difficult to shoot? Yes. Do I wish (torture) was not part of that history? Yes, but it was."

Dec 22, 2012 11:55AM
 Yes, we should just give them tea and cupcakes, while politely asking them to betray comrades in their holy war. These are the same wonderful gentlemen who shoot little girls when they stand up to them. You tree-hugging, turn the other cheek so the enemy can slap it too -idealists would get us all killed if given free reign in this country.
 These men are evil. Treat them like the rabid dogs that they are, because fear is all that they respect. I'll bet no one complaining about interrogation methods lost a loved one on 9/11.
 Take my guns, make peace with those who are killing us, close your eyes and stick your heads in the sand; me thinks that you are the real threat here.

Dec 22, 2012 1:52PM
As someone who knows better, don't believe the Obama CIA propaganda. Waterboarding aka torture works.
Dec 22, 2012 1:07PM

and yet another display of how america mocks its enemys through entertainment.  lets keep helping our enemies fuel their rage and hate for us.  f you hollywood

Dec 22, 2012 1:07PM

O.k. First for the racist jingoistic morons who think the CIA is running around torturing muslims, black people, and who ever else you don't like, NO. Torture is a tactic as old as military intelligence itself, it is used against whom ever the intelligence community thinks has information: things like race, religion, and even national citizenship are irrelevant. Second, it's unlikely torture was actually used in this case because it simply doesn't work with this kind of vague information. Torture is only succesful at extracting information from a person that one is absolutely certain posses that information, otherwise any intel gained is highly suspect, people will say anything they think you want to hear just to stop the torture.

Dec 22, 2012 12:15PM
Not only the film is 'not a realistic portrayal of facts' but the whole fantastic nes releases of Joe Biden's 'mist audacious military action in the last 500 years' is so hairbrained that no one but a true Obama believer would give credence to any of it. The Osama 'mansion' was where a high ranking terrorist had been arrested by US forces 5 years before, and presumbably under active surveillance since, so it was a big surprise that a terrorist would be in a terrorist house? Next, the raid crossed deepest darkest enemy lines into Pakistan (where US forces were barracks 1 mile away) and of course, the Congressionally honored listenint post 2 blocks from the Osama mansion, that Congress had honored 6 months before the Osama assasination. Not to mention the bungled raid, then finally The Omnisicent Obama took such great care not to anger powerful Muslims that we the American people were prohibited from viewing the body in any shape or form. This is all unbelieveable.
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