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Judicial Watch sues Pentagon, CIA for documents on bin Laden movie director's access

Court documents obtained by Fox News show that Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Defense and CIA for refusing to release details of their alleged communications with director Kathryn Bigelow and the movie tentatively titles "Killing bin Laden."

Judicial Watch says it requested information about "meetings and communications" between the Defense Department and Bigelow in August 2011.  Judicial Watch sought similar information from the CIA but was apparently told the spy agency could not respond within the statutory period because of a flood of Freedom of Information Act requests.

The two agencies have told a federal court, in response to a related suit by Judicial Watch, that there are "52 unique ... photographs and/or video recordings" from the raid. The Defense Department and CIA argue they cannot be released because it would reveal military and intelligence secrets and possible retaliation against US personnel.

The new court filing presents a conflict for the Obama administration, which says the material is too secretive to share with the public but apparently felt comfortable helping Bigelow with the bin Laden movie.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.