Things are starting to heat up, many in the SEAL community are heading for the hills. It will be interesting when the book hits shelves on Tuesday. Warehouses are already stocked across the country and it seems there’s little the Pentagon can do to stop the initial run of books.


WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2012 – The Defense Department has sent an advisory letter of material breach and non-disclosure violation to a former Navy Seal who authored a book about his participation in the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon officials said here today.

In the book “No Easy Day,” the author, using the pen name “Mark Owen,” divulges information Navy SEALs used during the raid, which Pentagon officials said may contain classified information, putting military members at risk in future operations.

“The letter … is intended to put on record our very serious concerns about what we believe was a material breach of [a] non-disclosure agreement with the Department of Defense,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. “We take these agreements and we take our obligation to protect classified information very seriously.”

In a letter sent to the publishing company and dated Aug. 30, DOD General Counsel Jeh Charles Johnson explained that Owen signed two separate non-disclosure agreements on Jan. 24, 2007, and that the author has an obligation to “never divulge” classified information.

Owen also signed a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Debriefing Memorandum” following his departure from the Navy in April 2012, and that commitment remains in force even upon leaving active duty, according to the DOD letter.

Since Owen elected to forgo pre-publication review with the department before publishing the book, the DOD is “weighing its options,” in terms of what legal actions it will pursue, Little said.