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U.S. lawmaker requests probe of White House role in bin Laden film

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08:56, August 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Representative Peter King, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, has called for an investigation into reports that the White House has cooperated with a film on the raid against Osama bin Laden.

In a letter to Defense Department Inspector General Gordon Heddell and CIA Inspector General David Buckley, dated Tuesday but released Wednesday, the Republican congressman demanded probe of reports that the administration has granted Sony Pictures and filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow high-level access for a film on the mission in which U.S. Special Operations Forces killed bin Laden.

"Administration's first duty in declassifying material is to provide full reporting to Congress and the American people, in an effort to build public trust through transparency of government. In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history," he said in the letter.

The possible leaks of classified information were first reported in a New York Times column on August 6. The report said the film, due for release in October 2012, just a month before the general election, is "perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign that has grown tougher."

White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the administration's practice and called the claims "ridiculous."

"There is no difference in the information that we've given to anybody who is working on this topic from what we gave to those of you in this room who worked on it in the days and weeks after the raid itself," Carney said during his daily press briefing.

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