How nice that the U.S. government is cooperating with Harvey Weinstein’s plans to promote the heck out of Michael Moore’s new documentary Sicko about the HMO crisis in this country. Just in time for the Cannes Film Festival, news leaked out today that the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is under investigation by the Treasury Department for taking about 10 ailing 9/11 Ground Zero rescue workers to Cuba for treatment in the film that debuts May 19th at the Cannes Film Festival. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated back on May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. But, suddenly, this week a copy of the letter was obtained by the AP. What wonderful timing! It shows that Moore applied on October 12th for full-time journalists’ permission to go to Cuba but didn’t wait for the U.S. government’s response. “This office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba,” Dale Thompson, OFAC chief of general investigations and field operations, wrote. But fear not: the penalties for this aren’t a big deal. When Oliver Stone was busted for traveling to Cuba to make his controversial Fidel Castro documentary, his Ixtlan production company only had to pay the feds $6,322.20 in chump change.
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