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Feds Investigating Ex-SEAL Over Bin Laden Book

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 09:35 PM

Mark Owen, the pseudonym of the ex-Navy SEAL who wrote a book that detailed the U.S. military operation that killed Osama bin Laden, is now under criminal investigation by the U.S. government for not running the book by the military before it was published.

Owen, who was one of the SEALs who shot Bin Laden, wrote a book in 2012 called "No Easy Day" that discussed his career in the Navy and described the 2011 nighttime raid on Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

He talked to 60 Minutes about the investigation and his second book. The interview will air Sunday.

The government was unhappy with Owen for publishing "No Easy Day" without letting the military to read the manuscript and flagging any classified material — something his lawyer at the time said was not necessary. It has pursued Owen since the book was published and has sought to confiscate the book's profits, most of which are being donated to families of SEALs who were killed on the battlefield.

Owen told CBS that some of his former SEAL colleagues have shut him out because of the book's release and the investigation. When he contacted his former commanding officer, Owen told Scott Pelley during the CBS interview, "I got a text message back saying…'DELETE ME.' So that was tough to take."

"I would go back overseas today and deal with fighting ISIS face to face rather than deal with the last two years again," he added.

Owen's second book, called "No Hero," is currently available for pre-order. It talks about his career in the SEALs and tells stories from the missions in which he participated that have stayed with him.

"I want 'No Hero' to offer something most books on war don’t: the intimate side of it, the personal struggles and hardships and what I learned from them," Owen said on his website.

"The stories in 'No Hero' will be a testament to my teammates and to all the other active and former SEALs who have dedicated their lives to freedom. In our community, we are constantly taught to mentor the younger generation and to pass the lessons and values we've learned on to others so that they can do the same to the guys coming up after them. This is what I plan to do for the reader of 'No Hero.'"

This time, Owen said he gave the military a copy of the manuscript to read before it was published.

Owen has been identified by several news outlets as Matt Bissonnette, but CBS chose to refer to him by his pseudonym and also had a makeup artist conceal his identity, as it did in a 2012 interview. Owen's voice is also manipulated during the interview.

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Mark Owen, the pseudonym of the ex-Navy SEAL who wrote a book that detailed the U.S. military operation that killed Osama bin Laden, is now under criminal investigation by the U.S. government for not running the book by the military before it was published.
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