Did film get access to CIA ‘vault’?

“I Feel Love” by Donna Summer, who died of cancer last week at age 63, is among 25 songs and sounds being inducted into the National Recording Registry. Associated Press
“I Feel Love” by Donna Summer, who died of cancer last week at age 63, is among 25 songs and sounds being inducted into the National Recording Registry. Associated Press
Posted: May 24, 2012

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., charged Wednesday that the CIA and Defense Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely with Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal on their movie about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

King first raised questions about the bin Laden movie last summer.

But referencing new documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act request, King said the filmmakers received “extremely close, unprecedented and potentially dangerous collaboration” from the Obama administration.

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.

The Defense Department denies this.

Other documents, Judicial Watch said, show that the filmmakers met at least twice with White House officials. A CIA email indicates that Bigelow and Boal were granted access to “the vault,” described as the CIA building where some of the raid’s tactical planning took place.

Pentagon press secretary George Little disputed some of the allegations and said the Defense Department engages on a regular basis with the entertainment industry on movie projects in order to help “make them as realistic as possible.”

Little denied that the cooperation was an attempt to boost President Obama’s election chances. He said the movie would not be out until after the election — a release is slated for Dec. 19.

CIA spokesman Preston Golson disputed the allegation that filmmakers were given access to a secret “vault.”

“Virtually every office and conference room in our headquarters is called a ‘vault’ in agency lingo,” he said.


Gabriella Cedillo, an extra critically injured in a stunt gone wrong during shooting of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. Gabriella has made a partial recovery but is expected to be left with permanent brain damage.

As Lady Gaga continues her “Places They Don’t Want Me” tour of Asia, she said she is as confused as anyone about whether she’ll be allowed to perform in Indonesia.

Following protests from Christians in South Korea and the Philippines, where the show did go on, Islamic hard-liners have threatened violence in Indonesia, saying Gaga could corrupt youth.

Gaga tweeted Tuesday that since extremists are threatening violence, if she is allowed to perform, she will do so alone.

From rare audio of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer (“I Feel Love”) and the Grateful Dead (the band’s 1977 Barton Hall concert), 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry. Among the new choices this year are Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” Parliament’s “Mothership Connection,” Prince’s “Purple Rain” and the Sugarhill Gang’s“Rapper’s Delight.”

In a New York Times profile, “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons (Sheldon) has acknowledged he is gay and has come out of the (lab) closet.

Didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out, did ya? n

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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