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Pentagon says ex-SEAL book contains secrets

By Robert Burns
AP National Security Writer

LAST UPDATED: 11:56 a.m. HST, Sep 04, 2012

WASHINGTON » A Pentagon official says a former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information.

Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters today 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 book should have been submitted to the Pentagon before publication for a formal review of potential disclosures of such information.

A lawyer for the author, Matt Bissonnette, has disputed that he was legally obliged to have the book screened before publication.

Little would not say what damage may result from the book's revelations.

Little said the Pentagon has not taken steps to stop the book from being sold on military installations.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This hero is now being attacked. I don't think that he would have been ignorant of the rules of conduct as he is, in fact, an elite soldier. The Navy Seal is basically the cream of the crop. I would wonder what the Pentagon would be disapproving of. Or is it a political thing? This soldier said that his book is not a political book. We'll see as the scenario plays out.
on September 4,2012 | 09:56AM
kainalu wrote:
Guess what? They're not a "secret" anymore.
on September 4,2012 | 10:35AM
pridon wrote:
Nothing in the book that you can't find on wiki leaks, I suspect. I see no prosecution of the leadership that led to the wiki leaks dump. Only prosecuting a lowly private. Supervisors and officers were asleep at the switch.
on September 4,2012 | 10:48AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
If this is true, and depending on what level of secrets were disclosed, this should be treated as treason. It's certainly a breach of your professional duties/obligations, and an unpatriotic thing to do. The things people will do for money, gosh, even these so-called creme de la creme SEALs.
on September 4,2012 | 10:53AM
Paulh808 wrote:
Okay, what about the secrets let go by the Obama administration and the NYTimes. Is that okay?
on September 4,2012 | 11:43AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
No that's not OK either. People think that with the changing times, twitter, internet, the prevalence and ease-of-access to so much information on so many things, that that somehow makes classified information otherwise accessible to the public. No it does not. Treason shouldn't be a crime that changes as fashions change or the times change.
on September 4,2012 | 01:05PM
64hoo wrote:
what the secret is in the book is that obama took all the credit for killing bin laden where aqctually the seals should get all the credit not obama all he did was say kill him thats nothing new. so theres your secret its no treason to blast obama for trying to take all the credit for bin ladens death
on September 4,2012 | 10:17PM
808comp wrote:
You could be a hero however if giving out information that is harmful to your country and fellow servicemen, you should be held accountable and punished. This will be intresting as to where, and how far its going to go.
on September 4,2012 | 11:33AM
fairgame947 wrote:
Probably didn't give enough credit to Obama.
on September 4,2012 | 11:49AM
sailfish1 wrote:
So pull the book off the shelves and prosecute the write. Done.
on September 4,2012 | 12:32PM
Bdpapa wrote:
If secrets are being revealed or content is questionable, the government has the responsibility to take that book. As a former seal, he himself knows the dangers of the job.putting others in jeopardy is unacceptable. As curious as I am about the whole story, if it jeopardizes our Seal Team, country or armed services, I donʻt need to know.
on September 4,2012 | 02:05PM
venacular50 wrote:
While this appears to be suppression of a voice and a well intended source to fund a charity, its a slippery, treacherous slope. There are a number of people in the Ops world, capable of citing the same intentions, yet they wisely decline. They know the future risks information can bring upon colleagues or oneself. And, above all, when they raised their hand and take an oath, to not engage in activities such as this, they keep silent.
on September 4,2012 | 04:18PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Memories are short. Within hours of the successful bin Laden raid, Obama administration officials including Obama himself could not wait to get in front of the cameras to boast of bin Laden’s killing and to discuss in great detail how the raid was conducted. I was shocked to hear what they said. We learned from Obama and his people that it was conducted by members of Navy Seal Team 6, flown in top secret stealth helicopters piloted by Army aviators, that the assault team had mini-cameras on their helmets showing the raid live in the White House and Pentagon, that bin Laden’s secret compound was discovered by following his courier, that the compound had been under surveillance from a nearby home for many months, and that bin Laden’s presence in the compound was confirmed by a Pakistani doctor. It was mind boggling knowing that Obama and his people were telling the world precise details of how it was done. I am sure other high ranking Al Qaeda members on the US hit list took notice and quickly changed their modus operandi to avoid detection. It was clear to me we had a bunch of amateurs running our government starting with a very inexperienced president. If Matt Bissonnette is arrested and tried for disclosing classified information, his defense most likely will be that Obama and his people did it, so what’s the big deal? He will have a good case.
on September 4,2012 | 07:42PM
hawaiikone wrote:
When Clancy wrote "The Hunt for Red October" the Pentagon said the same thing. At least until Tom could show them all their own released information and the logical tie ins between them.
on September 4,2012 | 08:08PM
sloturle wrote:
well thats great just post it all over the news so everyone can read it now
on September 4,2012 | 09:34PM
st1d wrote:
obama was quick to take credit for the obl raid and results.

obama should be just as quick and proud to take credit for abandoning the pakistani doctor who lead the u.s. to obl's hideout.

maybe, that's the secret, that people will remember how a pakistani was sacrificed at the altar of obama's ego.

on September 4,2012 | 11:27PM
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