Ben Affleck: Huma Abedin a ‘close friend’ who was ‘instrumental’ in making of ‘Argo’

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Hollywood actor / director Ben Affleck premiered his new film – ‘Argo’ – in Washington, D.C. and in attendance was none other than Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin. Affleck revealed that the controversial figure had a hand in making the film.

Via POLITICO:

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, made an appearance at the D.C. premiere of “Argo” on Wednesday. The couple stopped by the screening after a reception for the film, which chronicles the Iran hostage crisis, at the Canadian Embassy.

A few years ago, Weiner advised Ben Affleck — the director and star of “Argo” – on his political role in “State of Play.” But it was actually Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who helped Affleck with this movie, the actor said.

“Huma is a really close friend of mine,” Affleck explained on the red carpet. “In fact, Huma — the reason why she’s here — is she was instrumental in helping us shoot the State Department. As you know, we shot at the real State Department. We never would have had any of that stuff in our research [otherwise]. …Huma was enormously helpful, and obviously we invited her and she brought her husband. I look forward to seeing him.”

The Daily Mail referred to Abedin’s influence on the film as one that involved giving Affleck ‘guidance on State Department protocol’.

Some might remember that a few months ago, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank likened Abedin to a gopher for Hillary who picks out ‘handbags’.

MacLeans’ Savage Washington reported on a couple of other interesting figures who were in attendance:

CIA director David Petraeus was there, as well as Sen. Chris Dodd, Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, to name a few. Also in attendance were the usual assortment of former ambassadors and other Friends of Canada.

Earlier this year, we reported on Huma Abedin’s sister (Heba Abedin) contributing $2300 to the Chris Dodd Presidential campaign in 2007.

Heba and Huma served together for years on the Editorial Board of the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), which has significant connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

General Petraeus and Affleck appear to have developed a bit of a relationship during the making of the film.

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