Navy Vet "Mark Owen" Involved In Bin Laden Raid to Pay 6.8 million 

Navy Veteran Involved In Bin Laden Raid Ordered To Pay $6.8 million 

August 26, 2016

Navy Veteran Involved In Bin Laden Raid Ordered To Pay $6.8 million 

No Easy Day, a book published in 2012 which details the day U.S. Armed Forces raided the location of Osama bin Laden which led to his subsequent demise has caused considerable controversy. 

Mark Owen, the pen name of, Matt Bissonnette who wrote the book was recently sent a letter from Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department’s top lawyer. 

The letter, also sent to the book’s publisher, Penguin Putnam, advised both parties that it had been published in violation of non-disclosure agreements Bissonnette had signed during his time in active duty as a Navy Seal.  

 

After years of debate over if Bissonette revealed classified secrets in his book, an agreement has been decided but a judge has yet to accept the settlement. 

Matt is to pay all proceeds from his book as well as all future payments and to pay the legal fees for the Justice Department.  To date, the proceeds of the book have totaled 6.6 million dollars, which Bissonette will have four years to repay.  

Bissonnette claims that he never revealed any classified secrets but did fail to present the book to the Pentagon for review before publishing. 

 

“I acknowledge my mistake and have paid a stiff price, both personally and financially, for that error,” he said. “I accept responsibility for failing to submit the book for review and apologize sincerely for my oversight.”  

 

 "This enforcement action does not discredit Mr. Bissonnette's military service, but reinforces that it is important for our service members and individuals who have been assigned positions of trust and granted access to classified information to comply with the obligations set forth in their non-disclosure agreements to protect classified information after leaving the U.S. military and government in an effort to protect our nation's national security," Nicole Navas, a spokesperson at the U.S.Department of Justice, said in a statement to ABC News.  

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8 Responses

Marjorie Peyton
Marjorie Peyton

August 28, 2016

This only show just how much the government is keeping from the American People. To take all his money from a book, come on we have a hard enough time making ends meet. Leave him alone there can’t be that much information in that book to hurt the government. We have seen movies about it how much was left out of those?

Tim Grover
Tim Grover

August 28, 2016

He deserves a slightly smaller penalty than Hillary. She did release classified documents. This brave hero only forgot to submit it for review. Punish him slightly less than Hillary. Oh wait I forgot nothing happened to Hillary for disclosing top secret documents

Christy Blazer
Christy Blazer

August 28, 2016

If Hillary Clinton doesn’t have any imposed fines, jail time, or any form of punishment for her actions, and is allowed to run for president why should this man be punished? Government has overstepped their bounds many times recently!

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson

August 28, 2016

" it is important for our service members and individuals who have been assigned positions of trust and granted access to classified information to comply with the obligations set forth in their non-disclosure agreements to protect classified information "

Guess that doesn’t apply to Top Government Officials.

Carol Cynova
Carol Cynova

August 28, 2016

WHERE, pray tell, is the equivalent responsibility sand penalty for HILLARY?
It is just too sad. This is government FOR and BY the ELITE, government AGAINST the people.

Boyd Herest
Boyd Herest

August 27, 2016

Tell them to stick it up their arses

Hate Hillary
Hate Hillary

August 26, 2016

Why does Hillary Clinton get away with it but you punish a veteran who did his job?

Clarie  Qualls
Clarie Qualls

August 26, 2016

How ridiculously stupid. How much is Hillary going to be fined for all her emails with top secret put on her secret server in her basement? Oops, she didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to do that. Oh really?

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