WASHINGTON — A book about the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden by a former Navy SEAL who participated in the mission contains classified information and the Pentagon is reviewing legal options, a Defence Department spokesman said yesterday.
But the book’s co-author denied the book contained any information that would jeopardise the safety or future missions of Navy special forces personnel.
The book, No Easy Day, chronicles last year’s stealth operation in which members of US Navy SEAL Team Six swooped by helicopter into the al Qaeda leader’s house in Pakistan and killed him, ending an intense decade-long manhunt that began with the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington D.C.
The successful operation gave President Barack Obama a national security victory that he is touting in his bid for re-election against Republican rival Mitt Romney.
It is still unclear whether the government ultimately will pursue criminal charges against the book’s author, Matt Bissonnette, who was part of a team considered national heroes for taking down bin Laden. The book, which went on sale yesterday, was written under the pseudonym “Mark Owen”.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said it was a “no-brainer” that the book should have been submitted to the US government for pre-publication review. (Reuters)