“SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden”, a movie backed by longtime Democratic contributor and major Obama supporter, Harvey Weinstein, has apparently been recut in order to heighten Obama’s role in the movie.
The movie will debut on the National Geographic channel two days before election day. And, it’s scheduled to be released the next day on Netflix.
The movie focuses on the hunt, by intelligence operatives and Navy commandos, for Osama Bin Laden, who met his end on May 2, 2011.
According to the New York Times, giving Obama more of a starring role in the movie was Weinstein’s idea and producer, Meghan O’Hara, a working associate of Michael Moore, assembled the material needed to amplify Obama’s appearance in the movie.
Not surprisingly, critics have cited the timing of the movie debut as a campaign ploy. But, the unusual access filmmakers had to privileged information has also been raised as a concern.
Government officials have suggested that the White House leaked classified information to the filmmakers. However, the film’s producer, John Stockwell, has said that the sources used were “ex-Navy SEALS and sources within the intelligence community.” What Stockwell didn’t mention, and what was noted by Erica Ritz, writing for The Blaze, is that those sources could include officials close to the Obama administration.
According to a May 2012 article from Politico:
Just weeks after Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency officials warned publicly of the dangers posed by leaks about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top officials at both agencies and at the White House granted Hollywood filmmakers unusual access to those involved in planning the raid and some of the methods they used to do it, newly released government records show.This did not go unnoticed by Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch obtained DOD and CIA records detailing meetings with bin Laden Raid filmmakers. They have assembled the information together.