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Kathryn Bigelow Osama Bin Laden film faces US probe

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

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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