Former SEAL on Bin Laden raid to forfeit book proceeds
Bissonnette will pay the US government some $6.8 million in book royalties and speaking fees
Matt Bissonnette, who in 2012 published a book about his role in the raid titled “No Easy Day,” has finalized a settlement with the US government, Robert Luskin confirmed to AFP.
“Mr Bissonnette has agreed to pay the United States all of his past and future proceeds from the publication of ‘No Easy Day,’” Department of Justice spokesperson Nicole Navas said earlier in a statement.
Bissonnette will pay the US government some $6.8 million in book royalties and speaking fees, Luskin said.
The Obama administration had filed a claim against Bissonnette for publishing the book without Pentagon approval and violating non-disclosure agreements.
“After the initial accusations of me leaking all that classified stuff... they found nothing,” Bissonnette told the Daily Beast.
“They were just upset with me and wanted to get me one way or another,” he added. “For four years, they looked into every little thing. Now... one signature and it all goes away.”
The US government had been accused of a double standard for targeting Bissonnette after US officials described the Bin Laden raid in great detail to Mark Boal, the screenwriter for “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
SEALs and other commando units are shrouded in secrecy and, traditionally at least, the special operators have frowned upon talking publicly about past missions.
Bin Laden's son Hamza urges militant unity in SyriaThe son of Al-Qaeda’s late founder Osama bin Laden has urged militants in Syria to unite in an attempt to “liberating Palestine” News
Osama bin Laden worried wife had tracking device in fillingAl-Qaeda’s leaders were increasingly worried about spies in their midst, drones in the air and secret tracking devices reporting their movements Variety
Osama bin Laden's youngest son 'calls for attacks on the West'In the audio message a man al-Qaeda claim is Hamza calls for attacks against America and its allies Middle East
Bin Laden doctor languishes in Pakistan prison as appeal lingersThe lawyer for a Pakistani doctor was jailed after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden Asia