This morning, I have heard the voices from the Special Operations community, along with many of our readers, loud and clear. They are angry and disappointed that SOFREP chose to publish helmet camera footage from the ambush in Niger back in October in which two U.S. Special Forces soldiers and two support soldiers killed. We are willing to explain our editorial decision to publish this video, although it will not satisfy those who are angry with us. There is nothing satisfying about this story at all.

The first big story that SOFREP worked on was the attack on Benghazi. Many were clamoring for the facts, searching for the truth about what really happened that night in Libya. Early on, it became clear to us that we could not exist in both worlds, behaving as both active duty government employees (which we no longer were) and also as journalists trying to write about the reality that unfolded. You can’t serve both masters, and decisions had to be made. At SOFREP we charted a course which we remain on to this day — that we will report the truth even if it hurts; even if we find it disturbing.

You can’t demand facts and simultaneously be protected from them.

We understand full well the anger of the family, friends, and teammates of those who perished that day. When deciding whether or not to publish potentially harmful material, one has to strike some kind of balance weighing the need for further information versus the potential anguish that said information could cause. Many would say that we failed to strike that balance in this case. We understand why they would feel that way.