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White House wanted to back 'gutsy' portrayal of Us president in new Kathryn Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty, claims Judicial Watch

Newly released documents prove that Barack Obama's administration gave enthusiastic help to the Oscar-winning team behind a new film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to a rightwing Us government watchdog.

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's new film Zero Dark Thirty centres on the Us Navy Seal unit that raided Bin Laden's compound in northern Pakistan in May 2011 on the orders of the Us president. The project drew flak from Republicans earlier this year after it emerged that Obama's administration shared information with the production team.

The latest missives were obtained by the Judicial Watch group under the Us freedom of information act. "These new documents provide more backing to the serious charge that the Obama administration played fast and loose with national security information to help Hollywood filmmakers, »

- Ben Child

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