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He said Pentagon officials did not pre-screen the movie and were not involved in writing the script.
Its information-sharing was limited to “overarching strategic atmospherics,” which included the general timeline regarding who knew what and when, how U.S. officials made the decision to conduct the operation versus other options, and the risks involved with choosing that particular option, Col. Gregory said.
Whether administration disavowals dispel perceptions of an advisory role on the film remains to be seen.
A spokesman for the National Counterterrorism Center, meanwhile, told The Washington Times that the agency “regularly monitors domestic and international terrorist threats, including those that might develop as a result of world news or events.” He would not comment on any planning or intelligence related to “Zero Dark Thirty,” per normal policy.
The CIA declined to comment on any contingency planning or security threats expected after the release of the film, also citing normal policy not to discuss such matters.
A spokesman for Sony Pictures, which is distributing the film within the U.S., said he was “not aware of any threats whatsoever” associated with the film’s release.
The State Department, the New York Police Department, a theater in New York showing the film this week, and NBC Universal Pictures, which is distributing the film internationally, did not respond to queries by The Washington Times.
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About the Author
Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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