Senate panel drops ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ investigation

Senate Intelligence Committee spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment on the report.

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But the reported end of the investigation comes after the movie failed to win the “Best Picture” Oscar; some said the film’s Oscar hopes were hampered by the controversy in the Senate surrounding the film.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinOvernight Regulation: Trump repeals 'blacklisting' rule Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee Dems get it wrong: 'Originalism' is mainstream, even for liberal judges MORE (D-Calif.) and Sens. Carl LevinCarl LevinSenate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Ted Cruz wants to destroy the Senate as we know it MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn McCainMcCain responds to North Korean criticism to calling Kim Jong-un 'crazy fat kid' Overnight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement MORE (R-Ariz.) wrote to Sony Pictures in December complaining that the movie implied torture helped to track down bin Laden.

They said this was false, citing a still-classified committee report on the Bush-era enhanced interrogation program.

The Intelligence panel then said it was starting the investigation into contact between filmmakers and CIA officials.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have defended the way the film depicts torture, saying those scenes were necessary because it is part of the history.