Pentagon ponders legal action against Seal author

ROBERT BURNS
Last updated 13:11 31/08/2012
No Easy Day
NO EASY DAY: The cover of the book detailing the US Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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The Pentagon's top lawyer has informed the former Navy Seal who authored a forthcoming book describing details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that he violated agreements to not divulge military secrets and that as a result the Pentagon is considering taking legal action against him.

The general counsel of the Defence Department, Jeh Johnson, wrote in a letter transmitted to the author today (NZ time) that he had signed two nondisclosure agreements with the Navy in 2007 that obliged him to "never divulge" classified information.

Johnson said that after reviewing a copy of the book, No Easy Day, the Pentagon concluded that the author is in "material breach and violation" of the agreements.

Johnson said the department is considering pursuing against him "all remedies legally available to us."

Johnson addressed his letter to Mr "Mark Owen," using quotation marks to signify that that this is the author's pseudonym. His real name is Matt Bissonnette. Bissonnette referred requests for comment about the letter to his publisher, who was not immediately available.

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