House Committee Investigates Potential National Security Breach; WashPost Buries AP Story About It on Page C4

"A House committee chairman charged Wednesday that the CIA and Defense Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely with filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden," reported Larry Margasak of the Associated Press yesterday. "[Rep. Peter] King [R-N.Y.] referred to documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act request. He said the filmmakers received 'extremely close, unprecedented and potentially dangerous collaboration' from the Obama administration."

Margasak's story on Rep. Peter King's hearing investigating the matter was printed in today's Washington Post, but editors buried the item on page C4, deep in the heart of the Style section, which typically reports on fashion, music, and the entertainment industry. Noted Margasak:

Judicial Watch said the documents show that the Defense Department granted Bigelow and Boal access to a “planner, operator and commander of SEAL Team 6” — the unit that killed bin Laden in Pakistan.

Other documents, Judicial Watch said, show that the filmmakers met with White House officials on at least two occasions about the film. A CIA email indicates that [film director Kathryn] Bigelow and [screenwriter Mark] Boal were granted access to “the vault,” which is described as the CIA building where some of the tactical planning for the raid took place, Judicial Watch said.

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