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Former Navy SEAL’s book on Osama bin Laden raid contains classified info that may be dangerous insight into U.S. operations, Pentagon say

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PUBLISHED:16:09 EST, 4  September 2012| UPDATED:16:54 EST, 4 September 2012

A former Navy SEAL’s insider account of the  raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information and may provide enemies with dangerous insight into  secretive U.S. operations, the Pentagon  said today.

Rear  Adm. Sean Pybus – who heads the Naval  Special Warfare Command – told his force  on Tuesday that ‘hawking details about a mission’ and selling other information  about SEAL training and operations puts the force and their families at  risk.

‘For an elite force that should be humble and  disciplined for life, we are certainly not appearing to be so,’ Pybus wrote in a  letter to the roughly 8,000 troops under his command. ‘We owe our chain of  command much better than this.’

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This is an undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan
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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that  Killed Osama Bin Laden, by Mark Owen, right, is a former Navy SEAL’s insider  account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, left

Pentagon said: A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information and may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operationsPentagon said: A former Navy SEAL’s insider account of  the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information and may  provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations

Tell-all: The book, which was published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was No. 1 on Amazon's best seller list on Tuesday, which was its official release dayTell-all: The book, which was published by Dutton, an  imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was No. 1 on Amazon’s best seller list on  Tuesday, which was its official release day

At the Pentagon, press secretary George  Little said that an official review of the book, No Easy Day, determined that it  reveals what he called ‘sensitive and classified’ information.

He was not more specific but said the author  was required to submit the book to the Pentagon before publication for a formal  review of potential disclosures of such information.

‘When you have special operations units that  perform these missions, there are tactics, techniques, and procedures, not to  mention human life, that are in play,’ Little said. ‘And it is the height of  irresponsibility not to have this kind of material checked for the possible  disclosure of classified information.’

He told reporters during a briefing that the  Pentagon is still reviewing what legal options should be taken against the  author.

Pybus, in his letter, was more direct, saying  that: ‘We must immediately reconsider how we properly influence our people in  and out of uniform NOT to seek inappropriate monetary, political, or celebrity  profit from their service’ with the SEALS.

‘We all have much to gain or lose,’ he said.  ‘In the weeks ahead, we will be taking actions to meet this challenge, and I  appreciate your leadership and support of our community in this  effort.’

Last week, Adm William McRaven, head of U.S.  Special Operations Command, warned his troops that he would take legal action  against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause  fellow forces harm.

A lawyer for author Matt Bissonnette, who  wrote under the pseudonym Mark Owen, has disputed that he was legally obliged to  have the book screened before publication.

Author: The Navy SEAL whose stunning account of Osama bin Laden's death will be hitting bookstores next week says that his story is not intended to be political in any wayAuthor Matt Bissonnette: The Navy SEAL whose stunning  account of Osama bin Laden’s death will be hitting bookstores next week says  that his story is not intended to be political in any way

Commando: A photo purported to be of Matt Bissonnette was published by Business Insider on Thursday. MailOnline has decided to blur the image

Commando: A photo purported to be of Matt Bissonnette  was published by Business Insider on Thursday

Last week: The head of U.S. Special Operations Command warned his troops that he would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause fellow forces harmLast week: The head of U.S. Special Operations Command  warned his troops that he would take legal action against anyone found to have  exposed sensitive information that could cause fellow forces harm

Looking on: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room May 1Looking on: President Barack Obama, Vice  President Joe  Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of  the national security  team receive an update on the mission against  Osama bin Laden on May 1

Aftermath: A view of the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed in AbbottabadAftermath: A view of the compound where Osama Bin Laden  was killed in Abbottabad

Little would not say what damage may result  from the book’s revelations and he declined to point to any specific portions of  the book that contain material that would be considered a violation and a  release of classified information.

He said the Pentagon did not try to stop the  public release of the book this week in part because there wasn’t much  time.

‘Pre-release copies of the book were already  being circulated around,’ Little said. ‘So the practical effect of requesting  that the publisher withhold release of the book just wasn’t an available  option.’

He added that the Pentagon also has not taken  steps to stop the book from being sold on military installations.

It’s not the Pentagon’s practice, Little  said, ‘to get into the business of deciding what and what does not go on  bookshelves in military exchanges.

‘But that doesn’t mean in any way, shape or  form that we don’t have serious concerns about the fact that this process of  pre-publication review was not followed.’

The book, which was published by Dutton, an  imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was No. 1 on Amazon’s best seller list on  Tuesday, which was its official release day.

The initial print run was 575,000 copies and  publication of the book was moved up from September 11 to September 4 amid a  flurry of reports about the book last week.

Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s top lawyer,  notified Bissonnette last Thursday that the Pentagon believes he is in ‘material  breach and violation’ of two nondisclosure agreements and of a related document  he signed upon leaving active duty in April 2012.

In response, Robert D. Luskin of the law firm  Patton Boggs wrote to Johnson on Friday that his firm is representing  Bissonnette and asserting that he is not in breach of his nondisclosure  agreements.

The Justice Department could go after the  profits of the book in a civil proceeding

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2198364/No-Easy-Day-Former-Navy-SEALs-book-Osama-bin-laden-raid-contains-classified-info-dangerous.html#ixzz25Z6UklLl

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