Panetta on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: ‘I lived it’

Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell issued a rare statement last month to say that “Zero Dark Thirty” is “not a documentary.”

"The film takes significant artistic license, while portraying itself as being historically accurate," Morell wrote.

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Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal Feinstein pushes back on Trump’s N. Korea policy Feinstein on reelection bid: ‘We will see’ MORE (D-Calif.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) and Carl LevinCarl LevinPresident Trump, listen to candidate Trump and keep Volcker Rule Republicans can learn from John McCain’s heroism Trump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate MORE (D-Mich.) also criticized the film, warning that it dangerously mixes fact and fiction in its depiction of “enhanced interrogation techniques” used under the George W. Bush administration. The senators say that the movie implies that the use of torture helped obtain information that led to bin Laden, which they say is not what the CIA’s records reflect.

Feinstein, McCain and Levin wrote a letter to Sony Pictures to complain and requested documents from the CIA detailing their interactions with the filmmakers.

Some Republicans disagree on enhanced interrogation, arguing that the use of techniques like waterboarding did yield some intelligence to aid in the search for bin Laden.

Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissFormer GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party GOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race MORE (R-Ga.) questioned the senators' investigation of “Zero Dark Thirty,” saying last week that the movie is simply “entertainment, not a documentary.”

“What’s next — a Senate inquiry of the ‘Bourne’ trilogy or ‘24’?” Chambliss said in a statement.

Panetta also chose not to weigh in on James Gandolfini’s portrayal of him in the film. Gandolfini said he wrote a note apologizing to Panetta for the wig he wore in the film.