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Bin Laden film torture is fiction: Ex-CIA official

Published on Jan 7, 2013 6:06 AM
 
Stills for Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. -- PHOTO : GOLDEN VILLAGE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Bloody interrogations like those depicted in Hollywood's take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden Zero Dark Thirty never really happened, according to the former CIA official who ran such programmes.

"The truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation programme which I supervised from 2002 to 2007," Jose Rodriguez wrote in a Washington Post article headlined: "Sorry Hollywood. What we did wasn't torture." The former CIA official was weighing in on the controversy over the depiction of US intelligence practices in Zero Dark Thirty, which hits most US theatres on Jan 11.

Directed by Academy Award-winning Kathryn Bigelow, the movie tells the story of the decade-long search for Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, climaxing in the dramatic, deadly raid in May 2011 on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Already generating major Oscar buzz, Zero Dark Thirty begins with a scene showing the torture of detainees, who eventually provide critical information for locating bin Laden. But Rodriguez said the torture scenes were pure fiction.

 
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