Admiral who oversaw bin Laden raid gave no help to filmmakers

Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said Thursday that the filmmakers making a movie about the raid received no help from his staff.

McRaven said at a press conference in Tampa, Fla., that he “had no interaction, neither has anyone at USSOCOM [U.S. Special Operations Command] had any interaction, with folks that are making this movie," according to Reuters. "We have not provided any planners."

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released documents this week containing emails between Pentagon and CIA officials and filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who directed and wrote “The Hurt Locker” and are working on a movie about the bin Laden raid.

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Judicial Watch said the emails showed the filmmakers were offered access to a "planner, Operator and Commander of SEAL Team Six."

Republicans have slammed the Obama administration over the alleged access, particularly because the movie was initially timed to be released before the election. It has since been pushed back to December.

House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday the filmmakers had a “potentially dangerous collaboration” with the White House and Obama administration.

While the bin Laden raid, in which Navy SEAL Team Six flew to bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has received widespread attention and intense interest, McRaven on Thursday suggested the operation didn’t match the hype.

"There was nothing, frankly, overly sensitive about the raid. We did 11 other raids much like that in Afghanistan that night," McRaven said, according to Reuters. "From a military standpoint, this was a standard raid and really not very sexy."

Of course, the raid was anything but ordinary, as the U.S. was sending troops deep into Pakistan, which infuriated Islamabad. Relations with Pakistan soured because of the raid -- a concern acknowledged beforehand -- and they've yet to recover more than a year later.

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