Ex-SEAL Author May Face Pentagon’s Wrath

It appears the author of the new book No Easy Day, Matt Bissonnette (aka Mark Owen), may find himself facing legal action. The former SEAL’s book deems itself ‘The firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden’ was put out to set the record straight concerning the Obama administration’s account of the 2011 raid. The Pentagon is now putting Owen on alert that it is considering when it might take action against him.

Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s top lawyer presented the Pentagon’s position on Thursday in a letter that was sent to the author via his publisher.

The AP reports,

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Pentagon press secretary George Little said the author, Matt Bissonnette, was deemed to be in violation of two nondisclosure agreements that he signed in 2007 by failing to submit the book for an official security review before it was published.

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“I write to formally advise you of your material breach and violation of your agreements, and to inform you that the department is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us in light of this situation,” Johnson wrote.

Little suggested that if Bissonnette were to stop the book’s official release, scheduled for next week, that might be a remedy. Some advance copies have been circulating, and the Pentagon obtained one last week. It has since been reviewing it for any classified information and to determine what, if any, legal action should be taken, Little said.

Johnson claims that Bissonnette’s nondisclosure agreements obliged him to “never divulge” classified information. “This commitment remains in force even after you left the active duty Navy,” Johnson wrote. He said the author left active duty “on or about April 20, 2012,” which was nearly one year after the May 2011 raid.

The Pentagon did not release copies of the nondisclosure agreement which they say Bissonnette signed in 2007. According to Army LTC Steve Warren they were being withheld because they include the author’s real name and his signature.

The book relates that the SEAL team that went into the bin Laden house took him out with a head shot as he put his head out of a doorway. This is vastly different from the account the media and the government released to the world following the events. In addition it later came out via leaked emails that bin Laden was not buried at sea, but was in fact, being flown back to Dover Air Force Base for cremation in the US.

It is rather interesting that the Pentagon will provide information in regards to the film ‘Act of Valor,’ but will then take issue with a former SEAL team member over what actually took place at the bin Laden raid. Meanwhile, back at the White House, Barry and company are leaking information all over the place.

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