Senate reportedly drops “Zero Dark Thirty” probe

A Senate committee had been investigating contact between the CIA and the filmmakers

Topics: Zero Dark Thirty, John McCain, Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, 2013 oscars,

The Senate Intelligence Committee has reportedly dropped its investigation into contact between the CIA and the “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers, Reuters reports, citing an anonymous congressional aide.

The Committee began its investigation shortly after Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., condemned the film for depicting torture as key to uncovering the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. All three senators signed a letter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, calling the film “misleading” and “grossly inaccurate.”

From Reuters:

You Might Also Like

A source familiar with contacts between the filmmakers and intelligence officials said the CIA did not tell the filmmakers “enhanced interrogations” led to bin Laden. Instead, the agency helped develop characters in the film, said the source.

Reuters, which initially broke the news of the probe in early January, reported at the time that the probe was meant to determine “whether CIA personnel are responsible for the portrayal of harsh interrogation practices and in particular the suggestion that they were effective.”

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 1

    Niagara Falls, U.S./Canada


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 2

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 3

    Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, U.S.


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 4

    Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

    Robert R.,

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 5

    Colosseum, Rome, Italy


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 6

    Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    Sergio Coelho,

    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 7

    Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 8

    Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 9

    Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France


    Cities without landmarks

    Slide 10

    Lost City of Petra, Jordan

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>