Kathryn Bigelow Osama Bin Laden film faces US probe

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal arrive at the Academy Awards 27 February 2011 Kathryn Bigelow was already planning a movie about an earlier attempt on Bin Laden's life when he was killed

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US officials are investigating if potentially classified information about the killing of Osama Bin Laden was given to a film-maker.

Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, said he was "pleased" that the Pentagon and the CIA had responded to a request he made in August.

Mr King is concerned leaks would put the famed Seal Team 6 "in danger".

Director Kathryn Bigelow and Sony Pictures expect a film about the raid to be released in October 2012.

In his August letter to the inspectors general of the CIA and the Department of Defense, Mr King cited a column in the New York Times where contributor Maureen Dowd wrote that administration officials gave Ms Bigelow "high-level access" to the mission.

The White House called that report - and Mr King's claims - "ridiculous".

Mr King is the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has previously called for investigations into possible phone hacking of 9/11 victims and whether al-Qaeda is actively recruiting US Muslims.

Ms Bigelow won a best director Academy Award for The Hurt Locker, a 2008 movie about a US army bomb disposal team set during the Iraq War.

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