Fox News Outs Navy SEAL name for 'No Easy Day' Book on Osama Raid
Fox News outed a Navy SEAL member who was active and participated during the Osama Raid, claiming the SEAL was Matt Bissonnette of Alaska, even though the author is publishing the book 'No Easy Day' with the pen name Mark Owen.
Christine Ball, director of marketing and publicity for Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book was written by a Navy SEAL under a pen name.The author of the book, who writes under the pseudonym Mark Owen, was a SEAL Team Six team leader during the mission that took out the al Qaeda leader and was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout,” according to a statement from the book’s publisher, Dutton. The book, “No Easy Day,” is set to be released next month on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Fox News outed the man and said he is 6-year-old former Navy SEAL Team 6 member from Alaska. Fox claims that several sources claimed his name is in fact Matt Bissonnette, 36, of Wrangell, Alaska. Bissonnette could be exposing himself to legal trouble, as the Pentagon has not vetted the account.
A Department of Defense official said the SEAL is no longer on active duty.
U.S. Special Operations Command has not reviewed the book or approved it, the official said. Officials only recently became aware the former SEAL was writing a book but were told it encompasses more than just the raid and includes vignettes from training and other missions.
About two dozen U.S. Special Operations members and two helicopters were involved in the raid early May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed bin Laden. Interestingly, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tweeted about the event the very same minute as Keith Urbahn, who actually had secret government information.