August 23, 2012
The former Navy SEAL Team 6 member and anonymous author of a soon to be released tell-all book about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden better hire a security guard and a good lawyer: He's just beenouted by Fox News. Today, the network's Justin Fishel cites "multiple sources" identifying the author of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden as Matt Bissonnette, a 36-year-old recently retired Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed bin Laden. Fishel is quick to point out the legal quagmire this puts Bissonnette in, given that the OBL mission is classified, but the implications for Bissonnette's safety should probably be considered as well.
If you're just catching up to this, the book is a big deal because it promises to deliver the first firsthand account of the bin Laden raid from the perspective of a SEAL Team 6 member. As The New York Times' Julie Bosman reported, the book's publisher Dutton, a division of Penguin Group, planned on releasing the book under the pseudonym Mark Owen, citing "security reasons." It also planned a big media reveal for the book, scheduled for a September 11 release, which included a range of precautions to conceal Bissonnette's identity, per Bosman:
The author will appear in disguise during television interviews to promote the book, and his voice will be altered. At least one major network prime-time appearance has been planned, a publishing executive familiar with the plans said.
But Bissonnette can forget the voice scrambler because his name is now public information, which should raise concerns about reprisals from the many jihadists who still consider Osama bin Laden a holy figure. Still, that may not be Bissonnette's only concern. There's also the possibility that the Justice Department could prosecute him for attempting to disclose classified information.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire.
August 23, 2012