Coming up Wednesday

Wildfires burn through Colorado causing thousands to evacuate, and protests in Turkey are in 13th day. Tune in at 7am ET.
August 24th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Fmr. Navy SEAL Pfarrer on Bin Laden raid tell-all: Author probably felt, as I did, that the truth wasn't being told

The Navy SEAL behind the much-anticipated first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has been unmasked this morning by several news organizations. Although CNN has confirmed the name of the SEAL, the decision to not publish his identity honors a request from the pentagon. Pentagon officials say the book "No Easy Day" could have dangerous repercussions.

The member of SEAL Team Six, who is now retired, wrote the book under the pseudonym Mark Owen. Officials say the manuscript was not vetted as required by the Pentagon, and members of the military are worried that identifying him could jeopardize colleagues and his family. The publisher says the book which is expected to be released on September 11, 2012 provides a "blow-by-blow narrative of the assault" on bin Laden's compound in 2011.

Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer has also come under fire after writing his own account of the bin Laden raid based on information from participating seals. Pfarrer says the Navy SEAL who wrote the book is sure to face controversy like he did when he announced his plans to write his book entitled “Seal Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of The Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden," due out in September.

“You know, the line taken away from the commander was that he didn't want my book to lead the American people to doubt the administration's version of events,” says Pfarrer. “I have no doubt that what's in my book is what happened and it's backed up by independent Pakistani investigations of the crash. That being said, I’m sure that this author felt, as I did, that the truth wasn't being told.” Pfarrer adds that he was “motivated to break cover and come out and take all the lumps” after reading an article “in ‘The New Yorker’ which was essentially the tale of a political hit.”

The fmr. Navy SEAL cmdr. went on to say he was certain the author of the controversial book took this task seriously, remembering “the fact that you're not there to educate the enemy.” Pfarrer says, the navy seals “tactics and techniques and procedures” are “proprietary and they need to be kept secret.”


Filed under: Osama Bin Laden
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Amir Ali

    I got brochure of medi connect singapore for diabetics health i done survey study on same if we just avoid indian network n drugs pathans afghans we secure...

    August 27, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amir Ali

    Sir they getting best results by putting some own stuff on bag and pia atr and intelligence book of pakistan army and best is ransom ,drugs ,kidnapp,rapes...

    August 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Amir Ali

    I get the situation of syria they dont have man power and maybe technology of suicide bombs and urdu attached with some pathans as well pls deliver to US Mly...

    August 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Amir Ali

    I like to deliver the health problem of aged ppls police n pak mly officials using for making ICE n vibration in legs this is milk round shape steel refrigertr

    August 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Amir Ali

    I saw israel airforce f16 aircrafts but two thing like to deliver it feelslike VFA attachmnts n inside canopy its CLIFTON police sepoys is they using for drugs

    August 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Amir Ali

    I saw one program of torture on girl on dawn this is bangladeshi girl n abondone in pakistan even indian mly girls giving millions for marriges with muslims...

    August 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Amir Ali

    Sir is white spots in us militaries /acadmies by black ppls from normal/civil life for favourite results like cocaine drugs with help of indian celibrities..

    August 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amir Ali

    Sir street fighter of chin li movie on HBO the black guy looks like ajay devgan give the same scene of mr pearl daniels n sharik kamal siddiqui is hindu not..

    August 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Amir Ali

    Pakistan registration authority getting 40 k for original natl ID and sikh girls using airhostess cloud to showing muslim and local n same trouble is network...

    August 25, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Amir Ali

    Water pressure from water tanks on bldgs and gas pressure also losing by pakistan army and pak rangers there is sheroo attachments with pak rangers remarkble..

    August 25, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Amir Ali

    Marines have some work in area we have no sweet water in our area its all underground pls do some we get sweet water some houses are having name outside REWARD

    August 25, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Amir Ali

    I think that is not mr osama bin ladin he was dummy like a plastic navy seals get in armpit and gone i see with my own eyes on natl geo tv ch marine have some..

    August 25, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.