Covert operations : How the CIA works with Hollywood
Examining the US government’s relationship
with Hollywood and how the CIA attempts to shape its on-screen image.
popular films and television shows have elicited input from the CIA and/or the
Pentagon over the years.
a 2012 historical drama about the CIA’s involvement in rescuing American
embassy employees from Tehran during the Iranian revolution is one example.
Zero Dark Thirty, the story of the manhunt that led to the capture of Osama bin
Laden is another.
extent of the Pentagon’s involvement is unknown but with their involvement
comes inevitable scripting strings. Edits to storylines that may harm the
country’s reputation are a first-class misdemeanour in this instance.
the CIA is concerned, involvement can be so secretive that undercover agents
have been known to infiltrate major studios in order to monitor left-wing
screenwriters and directors.
“Hollywood is the only way the public
learns about the Agency,” says a CIA liaison officer. How much of
what is said is truth and how much is storytelling, is anyone’s guess.