A book company said Wednesday that it will release on September 11 a firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Christine Ball, director of marketing and publicity for Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book was written by a Navy SEAL under a pen name. The book is entitled “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.”
A Department of Defense official said the SEAL is no longer on active duty. U.S. Special Operations Command has not reviewed the book or approved it, the official said. Officials only recently became aware the former SEAL was writing a book but were told it encompasses more than just the raid and includes vignettes from training and other missions.
They would like to see a copy, the official said, to make sure no classified information is released or the book contains any information that might out one of the team members.
Officials have been told that some of the profits are going to charity. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are working on a movie about the raid.
“Zero Dark Thirty” is about the decade-long hunt for bin Laden. Bigelow and Boal are the team behind the 2008 Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker.”
The new movie was said to be set for release just before the election, but after Republicans complained that it was a pro-Obama ad, it was pushed back until December. There is some dispute over whether it was ever meant for release before December.
The movie has been the focus of a Washington partisan fight since last summer. The Pentagon’s inspector general began an inquiry after questions were raised by Rep. Peter King, R-New York.
He demanded investigations by the Department of Defense and CIA inspectors general into what, if any, classified information about Special Operations tactics, techniques and procedures were leaked to the filmmakers, calling the film a “potentially dangerous collaboration” between liberal filmmakers and the administration.
Some of what those investigations found did show collaboration between the administration and the filmmakers, but Defense Department and White House officials have said it’s no different than what they give many filmmakers and news reporters on a regular basis.