Michael Bay met with CIA over movie’s national security risks
In the upcoming movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, director Michael Bay will bring his famous brand of explosions, heroism, and more explosions that he’s made popular in movies like Bad Boyz II and the Transformers series. The difference this time is that Bay is bringing to the big screen a true story and it has the Central Intelligence Agency taking note.
The story of the Benghazi disaster is based upon the book by Mitchell Zuckoff that tells of the security contractors who were told to stand down rather than fight the insurgents attacking four Americans in Libya. The CIA’s concerns were for national security and it’s assumed they wanted to screen the movie before its final cut or release. Bay, who has worked with the government before to get equipment and expertise, obliged. Neither party commented on whether or not the movie was changed at all based upon the CIA’s scrutiny.
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There are political implications with this film. Depending on who you ask or read, it was either a botched and tragic miscalculation or a willful failure that lies squarely on Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who was Secretary of State at the time and who famously claimed that the attack was the result of a YouTube video. This was proven to be balderdash, but so far the lies haven’t come back to hurt Clinton in the polls. She has a commanding lead for the nomination.
Here’s the trailer for the movie that conspicuously comes out in January, less than a month before primary/caucus season begins.