Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she sees "no need to request further information" from the CIA on the assistance it gave to the makers of "Zero Dark Thirty," and denied that the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry was an investigation of the film itself.
Screenwriter Mark Boal has been particularly critical of the Senate inquiry, saying that it raises questions of free speech and whether it will put a "chill" on future projects if movies are put under the microscope on how their creators gathered facts. He also said that he may be subpoenaed to testify.
Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), have been critical of the movie's portrayal of torture as inaccurate. But Feinstein said that the committee "has not made any contact with the filmmakers, did not request documents from any individual associated with the film, and have not conducted any investigation into the film whatsover.
"We have simnply asked questions of the intelligence community pertinent to our oversight responsibities," she said.
The announcement of the end of the inquiry comes just after "Zero Dark Thirty" lost out to "Argo" in the Oscar race for best picture. Quentin Tarantino won the original screenplay award for "Django Unchained" over Boal for "Zero Dark Thirty." The director of the movie, Kathryn Bigelow, was shut out of a nomination. But "Zero Dark Thirty" has been a box office success, generating a worldwide gross of just over $91 million.
Her complete statement is below:
“Finally, Senators Levin, McCain and I wrote to Sony Pictures in December and outlined our view that scenes in the film which credit CIA’s interrogation techniques with leading directly to the takedown of bin Laden were inaccurate and misleading. The committee has not made any contact with the filmmakers, did not request documents from any individual associated with the film, and have not conducted any investigation into the film whatsoever. We have simply asked questions of the intelligence community pertinent to our oversight responsibilities.”