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US government blamed for security lapse

A powerful House committee chairman has accused the Obama Administration of jeopardising national security by providing classified information to two filmmakers producing a movie on the raid by Navy SEAL that killed Osama bin Laden.

'Filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal may have set out to tell a blockbuster, election-year story about one of the most highly classified operations in American history.

But through these emails they have ended up telling a damning story of extremely close, unprecedented and potentially dangerous collaboration with top officials at the CIA, Department of Defence, and the White House and a top Democratic lobbying firm,' said Congressman Peter King, who is Chairman of the powerful Committee on Homeland Security.

King, a Republican, first raised questions about the bin Laden movie last year summer but said newly released documents confirm his suspicions. He obtained the related documents from Judicial Watch which got in a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Congressman wrote letters to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence voicing his concerns about the potential release of classified information.

'After reviewing these emails, I am even more concerned about the possible exposure of  classified information to these filmmakers, who as far as I know, do not possess security clearances.

'The email messages indicate that the filmmakers were allowed an unprecedented visit to a classified facility so secret that its name is redacted in the released email,' King said in a statement.
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