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The Pentagon threatens legal action against author of 'No Easy Day'


August 31, 2012 - Washington

The Pentagon is likely to sue a former US Special Forces member for the book that he has written giving a first-hand account on the raid in May 2011 that killed founder of al-Qaeda Osama Bin Laden. The book titled 'No Easy Day' was written under the pseudonym Mark Owen and is due to be released next week on September 4, 2012.

According to the Department of Defense, the former Navy Seal who took part in the operation that killed Laden has signed two non-disclosure forms with the Navy in 2007. Revealing the details of the operation in the book is violation of agreement not to divulge military secrets. The book was not reviewed ahead of the publication by the Pentagon, CIA or the White House.

Pentagon's general counsel, Jeh Johnson, wrote to the author saying that he was in material breach of the agreements that he signed with the Department of Defense. "In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed. Further public dissemination of your book will aggravate your breach and violation of your agreements.", the letter stated.

The author's life is under threat from al Qaeda who released his information and called upon militants to exact revenge upon him for being responsible for the death of bin Laden.

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