Zero Dark Thirty director given 'roadmap' of how U.S. planned operation to kill Osama

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 10:50 hrs

The director of an Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty, which is based on the killing of Osama bin Laden, was given classified information about the operation by United States intelligence chiefs.

Movie's director Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal were provided with a complete 'roadmap' of how the raid was planned during a 45 minute meeting with Michael Vickers, the country's highest ranking civilian intelligence official.

According to the Daily Mail, the filmmakers also received briefings from the top CIA and military intelligence officers and Navy Seals who carried out Operation Neptune Spear, attacking Laden's compound in Pakistan in May 2011.

The transcript of the interview, which took place three months after the terrorist leader's death, has this week been published by the National Security Archive (NSA) at George Washington University in Washington.

According to the report, it follows a freedom of information request by campaign group Judicial Watch.

Its president Tom Fitton had said the White House acted improperly by giving 'politically-connected filmmakers' extraordinary and secret access to bin Laden raid information'.

The group accused the Obama administration of sharing the 'intimate details' to help the filmmakers release a movie 'perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost' last year's re-election campaign, the report added. (ANI)

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