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Clinton aides assail show about events pre-Sept. 11

WASHINGTON -- Officials of the Clinton administration have denounced an ABC-TV ``docudrama," slated to air Sunday and Monday, that they say includes made-up scenes depicting them as undermining attempts to kill Osama bin Laden.

Former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright called one scene involving her ``false and defamatory." Former national security adviser Samuel R. Berger, said the film ``flagrantly misrepresents my personal actions." And a former White House aide, Bruce Lindsey, who now heads the William J. Clinton Foundation, said, ``It is unconscionable to mislead the American public about one of the most horrendous tragedies our country has ever known."

ABC's entertainment division said the six-hour movie, ``The Path to 9/11," will say in a disclaimer that it is a ``dramatization . . . not a documentary" and that it contains ``fictionalized scenes." But the disclaimer also says the movie is based on the Sept. 11 Commission's findings, although that report contradicts several scenes.

Berger said in an interview that ABC is ``certainly trying to create the impression that this is realistic, but it's a fabrication."

Marc Platt, the executive producer, said that although it ``does contain composite and conflated scenes and representative characters and dialogue, we've worked very hard to be fair. If individuals feel they're wrongly portrayed, that's obviously of concern."

The former Clinton aides voiced their objections in letters to Robert A. Iger, chief executive of ABC's corporate parent, Walt Disney Co., but the network refused to make changes or to give them advance copies of the movie. They were not interviewed by ABC; it hired as a co-executive producer Thomas H. Kean, the Republican who chaired the Sept. 11 Commission, but no Democratic members of the panel.

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