The Pentagon has warned an Ex Navy SEAL to face legal action over his upcoming book ‘No Easy Day’, which gives an insight to the Abbottabad operation during which Osama bin Laden was shot dead. The Pentagon has informed the Ex Navy SEAL that his book is in ‘material beach’ of non-disclosure agreements as it betrays sensitive information.
Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson has notified Owen that he had violated non-disclosure agreements against releasing classified information and that by publishing the book, the breach would be aggravated.
The former SEAL, contacting via his publisher, has stated that the book does not betray any sensitive information and that it was critically examined by a ‘former special operations attorney’.
The book has been reported to be contradicting with the previous accounts by administration officials. The former Navy SEAL, in his book, has stated that Osama bin Laden was hit in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as SEALs rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction.
Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen in “No Easy Day” says he was directly behind a “point man” going up the stairs. “Less than five steps” from the top of the stairs, he heard “suppressed” gunfire: “BOP. BOP.” The point man had seen a “man peeking out of the door” on the right side of the hallway.
The author writes that bin Laden ducked back into his bedroom and the SEALs followed, only to find the terrorist crumpled on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women wailing over his body.
The author further says that the point man pulled the two women out of the way and shoved them into a corner and he and the other SEALs trained their guns’ laser sites on bin Laden’s still-twitching body, shooting him several times until he lay motionless. The SEALs later found two weapons stored by the doorway, untouched, the author said.
In the account related by administration officials after the raid in Pakistan, the SEALs shot bin Laden only after he ducked back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor would not comment on the apparent contradiction late Tuesday. But he said in an email, “As President Obama said on the night that justice was brought to Osama bin Laden, ‘We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.’”
“No Easy Day” was due out Sept. 11, but Dutton (book’s publisher) announced the book would be available a week early, Sept. 4, because of a surge of orders due to advance publicity that drove the book to the top of theAmazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com bestseller lists. Agencies