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 FeinsteinThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Election hacks, Yahoo breach in the spotlight Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure MORE (D-Calif.) and Sens. Carl LevinCarl LevinThe Fed and a return to banking simplicity What Our presidential candidates can learn from Elmo Zumwalt Will there be a 50-50 Senate next year? MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn McCainPundits react: Clinton won first debate Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria Kerry fires back at McCain: I'm not 'delusional' 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.