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Bin Laden Raid Book Author Revealed

This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.  This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.
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This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.
This book cover image released by Dutton shows "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.
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The name of the anonymous U.S. Navy SEAL who penned a book about the special U.S. military team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Ladin last year has been revealed.

U.S. media report the author is Matt Bissonette, who retired from the Navy shortly after the operation in Pakistan that killed bin Laden.  

U.S. publisher Dutton had asked news organizations to withhold his identity.

Dutton had said the fictitious name of the author was Mark Owen.   The book titled, "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden," will be released in September.

The U.S. Department of Defense has said if a member of the special U.S. military team that killed bin Ladin has disclosed classified information in the book, the matter could be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The CIA has also said it 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. 

Dutton says the book was reviewed by a former special-operations attorney. 

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.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Scott from: Atlanta
September 08, 2012 7:12 PM
Here's another perspective...just sayin' http://voices.yahoo.com/navy-seals-too-loud-11733336.html


by: Flag First
August 24, 2012 11:24 PM
Fox News is the weakest link, that is the problem.

The individual responsible needs to see beyond the comfort of the office chair and understand the risk of exposure to those involved in these operations.


by: Anonymous
August 24, 2012 9:41 AM
It seems strange to me, everyone wants to know how it went down. When someone does spill the beans, the media have to rat him out. Not only has the media put his life at risk but also anyone that can be tired to him! Well done Fox, I hope your happy

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by: Anonymous
August 24, 2012 12:17 PM
I have no problem with him publishing a book as long as the book is vetted by the CIA. My biggest concern is that his real name should have never been used. In all honesty I can't believe that Fox news identified him. By doing this they basically put his family in danger in addition to his other friends and Team 6 members/family in grave danger. This was the biggest OPS mission ever and made a lot of our enemies mad.

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