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 Emiel FeinsteinGun proposal picks up GOP support Gingrich: Banning rapid fire gun modification is ‘common sense’ House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance MORE (D-Calif.) and Sens. 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.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy 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.