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Panetta hints punishment for bin Laden book author

By Associated Press

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WASHINGTON » Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is suggesting that a retired Navy SEAL be punished for writing a book giving an insider's account of the U.S. raid that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

Asked in a network interview if he thinks the writer should be prosecuted, Panetta replied, "I think we have to take steps to make clear to him and to the American people that we're not going to accept this kind of behavior."

Panetta was referring to the newly published account of the U.S. SEAL raid that led to bin Laden's killing in May 2011 in Pakistan. The book was written by a retired SEAL under the pseudonym of Mark 0wen. He was subsequently identified in media accounts as Matt Bissonnette.

In the interview, broadcast Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Panetta told co-host Norah O'Donnell that if the Defense Department failed to take any action in response to the book, "then everybody else who pledges to ensure that that doesn't happen is gonna get the long signal, that somehow they can do it without any penalty to be paid."

Asked if the revelations could put future such operations at risk, Panetta said, "I think when someone who signs an obligation that he will not reveal the secrets of this kind of operation, and then does that and doesn't abide by the rules, that when he reveals that kind of information, it does indeed jeopardize operations and the lives of others that are involved in those operations."

The secretary stopped short of accusing the author of revealing classified information, but said Pentagon officials "are currently reviewing that book to determine exactly, you know, what is classified and what isn't, and where those lines are."

Panetta said the book, which went on sale this week, raises troubling national security questions.

"Well, I think when somebody talks about the particulars of how those operations are conducted, it tells our enemies, essentially, how we operate and what we do to go after them," he said.







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st1d wrote:
"Panetta said the book, which went on sale this week, raises troubling national security questions. "Well, I think when somebody talks about the particulars of how those operations are conducted, it tells our enemies, essentially, how we operate and what we do to go after them," he said."

our enemies are probably learning more about how we operate and what we do to go after them from dr. shakil afridi who obama abandoned once the obl raid was completed. afridi is now imprisoned by the pakistani government.


on September 11,2012 | 12:56PM
cojef wrote:
Someone has to be the scapegoat, cuz the Prez's poll standings are not too impressive against the other candidate. Think the operational accounts depicted on live TV revealed graphic details how the copters approached the compound and carried out the raid. How the intelligience was gathered relating to the compound resulted in the arrest of a Pakistani doctor which our provided to the Pakistanis, so these detail are much revealing secrets then a novel.
on September 11,2012 | 01:07PM
noheawilli wrote:
I'm buying the book for sure, and it just goes to show you, these politards cant keep their hands off anyone that shows any kind of success.
on September 11,2012 | 03:42PM
Living_Large wrote:
If those idiots were smart, they would release a statement that talks about how inaccurate the accounts are and assure the public that no classified info was disclosed. Shows how incompetent our current administration is. :-(
on September 11,2012 | 06:27PM
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