New Book to Discuss Killing of Osama bin Laden

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A member of the special U.S. military team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden has written a book about the mission, raising concerns among U.S. officials about potential leaks of classified information.

U.S. publisher Dutton says the book was written by a Navy SEAL member writing under the fictitious name of Mark Owen, in collaboration with journalist Kevin Maurer. The author issued a statement through Dutton saying it was time to “set the record straight” about last year's raid on the Pakistani compound that killed the leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group, which carried out the 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

But spokespersons for both the Pentagon and the CIA said their agencies had not reviewed the book to ensure no classified material is revealed. Former military and intelligence personnel are required to submit any writings to their agencies before the work is published.

The book's release comes as the Obama administration is being criticized for leaking classified details about the bin Laden raid for what some say are political reasons.

Dutton says the book was reviewed by a former special operations attorney. The CIA or the Pentagon can take legal steps against the author or attempt to stop publication.

“No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden,” will be released on September 11, the 11th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks on Washington and New York. The publisher says the author will donate proceeds to charities that support families of slain Navy SEALS.