WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Tuesday that a former Navy SEAL’s account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, intensifying a dispute with the author over whether the book harmed national security.
Defense Department spokesman George Little said that an examination of the book, “No Easy Day,” revealed “sensitive and classified information,” and he reiterated that author Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pen name Mark Owen, violated nondisclosure agreements by failing to submit it for government review before it went on sale this week.
"When you have special operations units that perform these missions, there are tactics, techniques, and procedures, not to mention human life, that are in play," Little said at a Pentagon news conference "And it is the height of irresponsibility not to have this kind of material checked for the possible disclosure of classified information."
He did not say what in the book is classified.
After copies of the book began circulating last week, Defense officials initially refused to say whether they believed the book contained classified information. Tuesday's assertion could make it more likely that the government will take action against Bissonnette, possibly by suing him to claim the profits from the book.