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Ex-CIA director Panetta calls Zero Dark Thirty a 'good movie'

Published on Feb 2, 2013 9:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, ex-Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Leon Panetta, vouched on Friday for Zero Dark Thirty, calling it a "good movie" even though the tale of the biggest manhunt in history had to be simplified for the big screen.

"It's a movie," Mr Panetta said, laughing. "And it's a good movie. But I lived the real story," he told AFP in an interview.

Mr Panetta, who is due to step down as United States defence secretary this month, said the film should not be seen as a historical account of a secret operation that he was intimately involved with as the head of the CIA from 2009 to 2011.

"And it's a little tough for me to take everything I saw and all of the work that was done and that was involved in that operation... and all of the people that worked at it and think you could put that all into a two-hour movie. You really can't."

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