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.”