Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Former Navy SEAL's book on Osama bin Laden raid contains classified info that may be dangerous insight into U.S. operations, Pentagon say

A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information and may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations, the Pentagon said today.

Rear Adm. Sean Pybus - who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command - told his force on Tuesday that 'hawking details about a mission' and selling other information about SEAL training and operations puts the force and their families at risk.

'For an elite force that should be humble and disciplined for life, we are certainly not appearing to be so,' Pybus wrote in a letter to the roughly 8,000 troops under his command. 'We owe our chain of command much better than this.'

At the Pentagon, press secretary George Little said that an official review of the book, No Easy Day, determined that it reveals what he called 'sensitive and classified' information.

He was not more specific but said the author was required to submit the book to the Pentagon before publication for a formal review of potential disclosures of such information. Read More