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'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Followed By CIA Release Debunking 'Hollywood Myths'

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This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows elite Navy SEALs raiding Osama Bin Laden's compound in the dark night in Columbia Pictures' gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley) | AP

After publicly criticizing "Zero Dark Thirty" -- the film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden -- the CIA has taken steps to debunk some "Hollywood myths."

The agency outlined "Hollywood myths vs. the real CIA" in a Friday press release covering such topics as spies, arrests and foreign policy.

"While the CIA may have cool spy tools that even James Bond would be proud to use, such as a robot fish that samples water and insect-sized listening devices, the CIA is a lot different than Hollywood portrays it to be," the release said.

Acting CIA Director Michael Morell previously addressed the film's depiction of interrogation methods used during the course of the successful manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, including controversial torture scenes.

"What I want you to know is that Zero Dark Thirty is a dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts," Morell said. "CIA interacted with the filmmakers through our Office of Public Affairs but, as is true with any entertainment project with which we interact, we do not control the final product."

The torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty" have also been criticized by several lawmakers, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

"We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Usama bin Laden," the senators wrote in a letter to Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Click here to read the full CIA press release.

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