By Jim Kouri
Under pressure from the Obama White House, officials at the Pentagon are contemplating possible retaliation against a former member of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six who wrote a tell-all book about the operation to locate and kill terrorism’s “biggest fish,” Osama bin Laden, an intelligence source in New York said on Tuesday.
What is troubling the Obama administration is that a SEAL Team member is contradicting what the President and his minions have said about the bin Laden killing, and soon the public will read about it in a book that’s expected to top most, if not all, bestseller lists.
On Tuesday, Defense Department’s press secretary George Little said there is reason to believe that the author of the bin Laden book titled, No Easy Way, may have used material for his book that remains classified and therefore he committed a serious breach of security.
Last month, the former SEAL Matt Bissonnette, whose nom de plume is Mark Owen, was sent a stern letter from the DOD claiming that he may have committed a material breach and a violation of a nondisclosure directive.
The letter claimed that Owen revealed classified information that compromises the safety of military personnel and the security of future classified operations.
“When it comes to sensitive special operations missions such as the [one] that took down Osama bin Laden, it is important that those involved in such operations take care to protect sensitive and classified information,” Little said during his Tuesday press briefing.
“And if I had been part of the raid team on the ground and I had decided to write a book about it, it wouldn’t have been a tough decision for me to submit the book for prepublication review. That is common sense. It’s a no-brainer, and it did not happen,” Little said.
Several Pentagon officials claim they have already read the book and are troubled by the amount of sensitive information that’s alleged to be contained in the bin Laden book. However, no word has come from the Pentagon regarding plans to stop the publication and sale of the book.
According to the press conference, the former SEAL’s attorney replied to the Pentagon letter saying that his client was not obligated or required to submit the material for pre-publication review, but is simply invited to do so.
Also involved in the controversy is journalist Kevin Mauer, who co-wrote the book, and stated in an op-ed, “The public deserves to hear [Matt Bissonnette’s] account of the Bin Laden raid for many reasons. Chief among them is that though Bin Laden is dead, others will plot to attack the United States. We will need more men like the SEALs who answered the call in Abbottabad last May.”
Some of the author’s supporters have accused the Obama administration and the Pentagon of hypocrisy. A former military intelligence officer and former police counterterrorism unit member believes that more information is leaked from the White House that “is far more serious and far more revealing than is contained in [No Easy Way].”
“I didn’t see Pentagon officials get so upset when a Hollywood movie director [Kathryn Bigalow] was given access to classified information for a film that’s sure to make [President Barack] Obama look like a hero. And that White House has more leaks than the Somali navy to begin with,” said Mike Snopes.