SEAL wrote book after Navy's slight, e-book says
The former Navy SEALs member who is a co-author of a first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was willing to break "the code of silence" honored by many commandos because of "bad blood" with his former unit, the elite SEAL Team 6.
The New York Times
The former Navy SEALs member who is a co-author of a first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was willing to break "the code of silence" honored by many commandos because of "bad blood" with his former unit, the elite SEAL Team 6, according to a new e-book written by other Special Operations veterans.
The e-book says the author, Matt Bissonnette, who wrote the book "No Easy Day" under the pseudonym Mark Owen, was effectively pushed out of SEAL Team 6 after he expressed interest last year in leaving the Navy and starting a business. Upset at how he had been treated, Bissonnette felt less compunction about writing a book he knew might upset colleagues, the e-book authors say.
"How was he repaid for his honesty and 14 years of service?" a passage of the e-book asks. "He was ostracized from his unit with no notice and handed a plane ticket back to Virginia from a training operation."
The e-book, "No Easy Op," is to go on sale on Amazon on Monday, a day before Bissonnette's book hits the market. The Pentagon has threatened legal action against Bissonnette because he did not submit the manuscript for review early enough in the publication process.
The e-book offers a few details of its own about Bissonnette's team, none of which could be independently corroborated. It says, for instance, that team members loudly celebrated their successful mission at a Virginia Beach bar, causing them to be reprimanded.
"No Easy Op" is a product of sofrep.com, a website produced by former commandos and devoted to the news, culture and weaponry of special-operations forces. Brandon Webb, a former SEALs sniper and the founder of the site, said the e-book was based on conversations he and his co-authors had with current members of SEAL Team 6, none of whom were identified.
He declined to say whether Bissonnette provided information for the e-book, though Webb said he talked with Bissonnette over the past year about what it is like to write a book about the SEALs.
Webb is the author of a book about his own military experience, "The Red Circle." He also did not submit his manuscript for review but was not punished because, he said, the book came out years after the missions it described and contained details that had been made public.
Both "No Easy Day" and "No Easy Op" are just the latest manifestations of the nation's continuing fascination with commando culture. A Hollywood action film released this year, "Act of Valor," employed active-duty SEAL members to portray themselves.
The e-book is in many ways sympathetic to Bissonnette, calling him "an operator's operator." The authors also say it is highly unlikely that Bissonnette released any vital information about SEAL tactics and procedures.
But the e-book chides Bissonnette for not submitting the book for review, saying he could have eased concerns about security leaks.