MEDFORD, Ore. — A book, “No Easy Day”, is a first hand look on the Navy Seal attack that killed Osama Bin Laden, and it is causing quite a stir at the Pentagon and with local veterans.
A Navy Seal is accused of breaking the confidentiality agreement signed by all retiring Seals by helping write the book. The Department of Defense says the book does violate the Seals agreement, but the Pentagon is not saying what it will do about the security breach.
The book is now on store shelves and its already stirring up animosity among fellow veterans. More than half a million copies were ordered for the first printing of “No Easy Day”. At Barnes and Noble in Medford, the copies on the shelves have gone fast. Officials say while they cannot share specific numbers, the interest in the book has been overwhelming. The buzz doesn’t stop at book stores; “No Easy Day” has debuted at number one on amazon.com.
Government officials say the insider account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden contains classified information. U.S Army Sergeant Jay Lee is among the many that believe this move is an act of betrayal.
“Any branch of the service on any mission you’re not suppose to talk about it and him doing this really screwed up a lot of Navy Seals issues,” Lee said.
The Department of Defense says the book was was not given to them for publication screening. Pentagon officials say the author is in material breach of his secrecy agreements with the United States government. Meanwhile, the controversial book is reportedly already topping sales of the wildly popular book series Fifty Shades of Grey.