Talks behind ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ will stay secret

From Courthouse News Service:  Though makers of the film "Zero Dark Thirty" were given access to the officers who helped take out Osama bin Laden, a government watchdog cannot get the same treatment, a federal judge ruled.

A few months after a team of Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011, Judicial Watch learned that the Defense Department and CIA had been communicating with director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.

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Judicial Watch demanded to see the records of the communication between the government and the filmmakers under the Freedom of Information Act in 2011.

Though the government answered that request, it redacted portions of the documents to protect the identities of the Navy Seals and CIA officers.

Judicial Watch then filed suit, arguing that the meeting put the officers' identities into the public domain.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras disagreed . . .

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