13:31 25 August 2012
Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette has been sensationally revealed as the author of 'No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden' as the Pentagon respond that they haven't actually reviewed it, opening the veteran up to possible persecution.
The ex-soldier's account of the 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan details how the war lord was cornered and shot by American forces. Bissonnette retired just months later.
Fox News named the soldier first, before The Associated Press confirmed it.
Penguin publishers have picked September 11th - a day which resonates harshly with many Americans - as the date of release for the military memoir.
Penguin Group's Dutton imprint released a statement via spokeswoman Christine Ball picked up on Marine Corps Times which read: "Sharing the true story of his personal experience in ‘No Easy Day’ is a courageous act in the face of obvious risks to his personal security.
"That personal security is the sole reason the book is being published under a pseudonym.”
However, in light of this new development it isn't clear whether or not the book will change its cover to reflect the true identity of the author.
Bissonnette is 36 and comes Alaska, Fox News reported. Before his retirement he also aided in the highly publicised 2009 freeing of a hostage from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, making his CV even more remarkable.
However, his tell-all book could land him in trouble from the very establishment that built his remarkable career. Any military personnel who are looking to release potentially classified/sensitive information must be approved by the Pentagon first.
According to the New York Daily News, the Pentagon said it didn’t review the book or provide information for it.
In the States, the book is already on the top 10 pre-order charts on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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