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Navy SEAL Secrets: Stop Spilling Them, Top Officials Say

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 07:43 PM

Top officials of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL force wrote a letter warning members to keep classified information secret.

The letter — signed by Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, and Force Master Chief Michael L. Magaraci — was published Friday, after Fox News announced it would air a series in which a SEAL will share details related to the killing of Osama bin Laden, including his identity as the shooter.

“A critical tenant of our Ethos is 'I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.’ Our Ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the service. Violators of our Ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare,” the letter said.

Matt Bissonnette, a SEAL in the bin Laden raid, is under investigation for allegedly disclosing classified information in the 2012 book “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” which was written under the pen name Mark Owen.

Bissonnette is preparing to release a new book: “No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL,” which was cleared by the Pentagon.

Bissonnette appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

The letter speaks against “willful or selfish disregard for our core values in return for public notoriety and financial gain” and warns that judicial consequences will be sought for members who willfully violate law protecting classified information.

Responses on Twitter varied.











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