CIA raises objections to 'depiction of real events' in Bin Laden movie 'Zero Dark Thirty'
The CIA has reportedly complained about the depictions in a new Hollywood movie which portrays the course of events that led to the killing of former Al Qaeda lader Osama bin Laden.
The CIA said 'Zero Dark Thirty', the movie based on the death of bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan in 2011, "departs from reality" in significant ways.
They emphasized that despite assistance it provided to the filmmakers, the agency had no control over the final product, The Washington Post reports.
According to the paper, in an unusual letter to CIA employees, acting Director Michael Morell said that the highly anticipated film leads viewers to believe that a "few individuals" were behind the hunt for the Al-Qaeda leader, instead of the "hundreds of officers" who were involved over the course of a decade.
He also rejected the film's depiction of the CIA's interrogation program - and the implication that it helped extract valuable information from detainees, the paper said.
"The film takes considerable liberties in its depiction of CIA personnel and their actions, including some who died while serving our country. We cannot allow a Hollywood film to cloud our memory of them," Morell said.
Producers have described the film as the result of investigative reporting, but acknowledged that it takes dramatic license in chronicling the 10-year hunt, the paper added.
Morell's letter also follows similar criticism from a group of lawmakers who objected to the movie's depiction of agency interrogation techniques as "grossly inaccurate and misleading," the paper concluded.