After the CIA reportedly forbid the agent who served as the model for Jessica Chastain's character in "Zero Dark Thirty," from speaking to journalists, acting director Michael Morell, has issued a rare public statement disputing the critically lauded film's accuracy.
On Dec. 21, Morell posted a message on the CIA’s public website addressing the film's depiction of interrogation methods used during the course of the successful manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, writing that "the film takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate."
"What I want you to know is that Zero Dark Thirty is a dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts. CIA interacted with the filmmakers through our Office of Public Affairs but, as is true with any entertainment project with which we interact, we do not control the final product," Morelle wrote in the letter before going on to highlight a few »
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