The decision by the author of 'No Easy Day,' Matt Bissonnette, not to submit the book for prepublication review was 'the height of irresponsibility,' says a Pentagon spokesman.
Pentagon officials say they are considering legal action against the former Navy SEAL who wrote an insider account of the Osama bin Laden raid, warning that the book reveals “sensitive and classified” information that has never before been in the public realm.
“Tactics, techniques, and procedures – not to mention human life – is at play,” says Pentagon spokesman George Little. “It is the height of irresponsibility not to have this kind of material checked for possible disclosure of classified information.”
Matt Bissonnette, using the pen name Mark Owen, released his controversial book “No Easy Day” this week, and Pentagon officials say they have now had time to review it.
“We have very serious concerns, having read the book,” Mr. Little said.
The Pentagon officials are echoing the concerns of a group of former Special Operations Forces troops in an e-book that they, too, released this week, “No Easy Op: The Unclassified Analysis of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden.”
It is the “unclassified” part of that title that the operators – and the Pentagon – are emphasizing as the preferred way to write about the operation.
“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,” Little said. “That is common sense. It's a no-brainer, and it did not happen.”