Is the SEAL book ‘No Easy Day’ repeat of ‘The Spy Catcher’?
Date: 9/5/2012 8:35:00 AM
The much anticipated book by a former SEAL team member Matt Bissonnette, (writing under the pen name Mark Owen), who took out Osama Bin Laden has been released. It reminds me of the hullabaloo over Peter Wright’s book ‘The Spycatcher’, which also attracted the displeasure (of the British Government) for disclosing trade secrets and operational procedure.
Now, the SEAL’s book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden", seems to have overtaken The Spycatcher for notoriety. Unlike in the case of The Spycatcher where the British Government tried twice (once successfully) to stop its publication, No Easy Day seems to have escaped the legal attentions of the Pentagon, for the present.
As of now, the Pentagon has restrained itself with the accusation that the former SEAL ‘included classified material in his new book and did not follow protocol for pre-publication review’. The DOD alleges (though indirectly) that tactics, intelligence gathering techniques and operational planning have been compromised when Matt Bissonnette wrote about ‘Operation Neptune Spear’
Though it might not be all smooth sailing for Matt Bissonnette after running foul of the US Department of Defence - if you have any doubts, ask a man called Julian Assange.
There is also speculation that No Easy Day contradicts previously stated sequence of events and disclosures by the officials.
(image courtesy - the internet & Matt Bissonnette)
Meanwhile, there is another e-book released by group of special-ops veterans called ‘No Easy Op’ which examines Bissonnette version of the killing, his motives and the consequences for him and special-ops in future.
Excerpts from the SEAL’s book ‘No Easy Day’ (courtesy CNN)