Pentagon Freaked Out: Operation Dark Heart, By Anthony Shaffer
It seems the Pentagon is suitably freaked out by a memoir by a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer that it may buy 100,000 copies of Anthony Shaffer's memoir, Operation Dark Horse.
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer was an Army reservist in Afghanistan in 2003. In Operation Dark Horse he describes various covert operations that were alleged to have taken place. Anthony Shaffer now with the Center For Advanced Defense Studies apparently had is book cleared for publication by the Army Reserve.
Army reviewers suggested various changes and redactions and signed off on the edited book in January, saying they had “no objection on legal or operational security grounds,” and the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, planned for an Aug. 31 release.
But when the Defense Intelligence Agency saw the manuscript in July and showed it to other spy agencies, reviewers identified more than 200 passages suspected of containing classified information, setting off a scramble by Pentagon officials to stop the book’s distribution.
But the publisher of Operation Dark Horse, St. Marten's Press, already printed 100,000 copies and now it seems the Pentagon wants to buy them up and destroy them.
A new print run, without the disputed passages, is being prepared by the publisher. Meanwhile, the first printing is sitting in a warehouse in Virginia. Several dozen review copies of the first edition have already been circulated to media outlets, including The Washington Post.
How effective the Pentagon's strategy will be in keeping a lid on the original version of Operation Dark Horse remains to be seen. However, one thing is clear both St. Marten's Press and Anthony Shaffer may well be getting a pretty sweet check from the Pentagon and more attention for the second print run of Operation Dark Horse