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Osama raid movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ merely fiction: Ex-CIA official

Last Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 13:28

Washington: Bloody interrogations like those shown in Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty, which is based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, never really happened, a former CIA official, who ran such programs, said.

In a Washington Post article headlined ‘Sorry Hollywood. What we did wasn`t torture,’ Jose Rodriguez wrote that the truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation programme, which was supervised by him from 2002 to 2007.

According to news24, the former CIA official was weighing in on the controversy over the depiction of US intelligence practices in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, which hits most US theaters on 11 January.

Directed by Academy Award-winning Kathryn Bigelow, the movie is about the decade-long search for Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, climaxing in the dramatic, deadly raid in May 2011 on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The movie begins with a scene showing the torture of detainees, who eventually provide critical information for locating bin Laden, but Rodriguez said the torture scenes were pure fiction, the report added.


First Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 13:17

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