Rep. Peter King is calling for an investigation into White House ties to a movie studio making a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, claiming the Obama administration is giving up too much classified information.
King (R-New York), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote to the inspectors general of the Department of Defense and the CIA asking them to investigate what information and how much of it the White House is giving to Sony, the studio making the film. He said there's already too much classified info out there about the operation and the Navy SEALs involved.
"The 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," King wrote. "In contrast, this alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history."
The White House called King's charges "ridiculous," saying the filmmakers aren't being given any information not already released to the media.
"When people ... are working on articles, books, documentaries or movies that involve the president, ask to speak to administration officials, we do our best to accommodate them to make sure that facts are correct," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. "That is hardly a novel approach to the media."
The film, set for release in October 2012, weeks before President Obama is up for re-election, is being directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar in 2009 for the Iraq war film "The Hurt Locker."
King's rep didn't return a call for comment.