Identities and Classified Information Top Concerns of Special Operations Chief

The current Special Operations Chief Adm. Bill McRaven warned current and former soldiers last Thursday that he would take legal action against anyone who exposes sensitive information which leads to the harming of fellow soldiers. His warning came just one day after a Navy commando revealed he is writing a book about the Bin Laden raid. Pentagon officials will review the book to make sure no classified information is included in the book "No Easy Day".

Adm. McRaven also chastised former special operations personnel for "using their 'celebrity' status to advance their personal or professional agendas." This follows a campaign by some special forces vets for criticizing President Obama's administration for alleged leaks about the raid and for using it in his reelection campaign. While McRaven acknowledged that while they are free to advocate for causes and recount their adventurs, they should not claim to speak for the entire special operations community and they should not endanger any current operations by their stories.

To protect the identity of the author of "No Easy Day" it was published under the pseudonym Mark Owen, and the names of the other special forces personnel in the book were also pseudonyms. On Thursday, Fox News reporter Justin Fishel revealed the actual name of Mark Owen, which then appeared Friday on jihadist websites, along with his photo, calling for his death in retaliation for the death of Osama Bin Laden. Fishel reported last year that the SEAL's who took part in the raid wanted to protect their identities for their own safety.

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