Navy SEAL to publish account of Bin Laden raid

Matt Bissonnette

Everyone I know has been dying to hear the real story of the Bin Laden assassination, and it looks like we’ll soon be hearing it–a Navy SEAL who helped kill Bin Laden is publishing a book about it: No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden.

The author is publishing it under the pseudonym “Mark Owen” and was hoping to quietly go about his life while watching his bestseller rise in sales and seeing the shitstorm from the conversations at a distance.

But here’s the kicker: Fox News already outed him, just a day after his publisher announced the book. His real name is Matt Bissonnette, and he’s a 36-year-old retired SEAL. Several reports are saying that Bissonnette doesn’t like Obama and that he said, “it’s time to set the record straight about the most important mission in US Military History.” It sounds like he may be on the same team as the OPSEC people.

The sudden flood of news has caused a firestorm of anger. Now his publisher is angry at Fox News for outing him, saying they have endangered this man’s life. The Pentagon is angry at Bissonnette for possibly leaking secrets; they didn’t vet the book or even know about it until they read about it online. Last but not least, Al-Qaeda is angry at Bissonnette and has called for his death.

I have a number of reactions. First, I agree with this journalist–I don’t think Fox News did anything wrong because Bissonnette should have no expectation of privacy or anonymity if he’s writing a book of this nature. Second, he should’ve checked with the Pentagon before writing it–Repubs complained about leaked secrets, but now anyone with an Amazon account can just buy the book. Third, Bissonnette participated in something extraordinary, and even if he made a bad mistake, I hope he remains safe. (Honestly, I think he will. The government has done a very good job of stopping Al Qaeda’s efforts in the U.S.)

Fourth, this book looks awesome and I can’t wait to check it out!

6 thoughts on “Navy SEAL to publish account of Bin Laden raid

  1. How can he really think his identity would have been kept secret if he publishes a book about a mission only a select few were involved in?
    Maybe it was all part of the plan to be “outed” to get more publicity on the book. I wouldn’t be surprised.

    It seems like everything in the news is “planned” or “staged” and sometimes I feel we are all living a Truman’s story.

  2. “Sea burial” aside, Osama’s death in Pakistan effectively ends a Bush era bogeyman, one that has been exploited for a LONG time to meet US foreign policy objectives.

    It is not surprising that the Republicans will still fight tooth and nail over the corpse.

    As for what one would hope to see in the book, you’ll get a story, nothing more.

  3. “The Pentagon is angry at Bissonnette for possibly leaking secrets; they didn’t vet the book or even know about it until they read about it online.”

    If this is true, Mark Bissonette can be subjected to severe penalties and the book can be pulled. As it should be. If Mark Bissonette is his real name then just revealing it puts everybody he has worked with and lived with in danger.

  4. There are somethings I don’t mine the government being hush hush about. This (the assassination) is one of them. As for this retired Seal, um, hmm. Poker face?

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