Saturday, September 1, 2012

Navy SEAL Author Rejects the Pentagon's Legal Threat

.theatlanticwire ^ | August 31 | John Hudson

Defense Department's top attorney , "all remedies legally available" against the publication of No Easy Day, (of the) firsthand account of the mission (which culminated in the demise of 0 bin Laden).

"You are in material breach and violation of the nondisclosure agreements you signed," wrote Pentagon general counsel Jeh Charles Johnson. The letter; threats of a criminal prosecution seizure of as well as go after publisher Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group.

In a written response, "Mr. Owen sought legal advice about his responsibilities before agreeing to publish his book and scrupulously reviewed the work to ensure that it did not disclose any material that would put his former comrades at risk," wrote Robert D. Luskin, an attorney at D.C. Patton Boggs. "Mr. Owen is proud of his service and respectful of his obligations.

The Pentagon said that because the author is a retired service member, any potential criminal prosecution would be handled by the Department of Justice.

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