Fox News Hypocritically Publishes Name Of Seal Who Led Bin Laden Raid

In a simply astonishing step of unpatriotic stupidity, Fox News has published the name of a Navy Seal claiming to be a member of Seal Team Six, possibly sinking to an all-time low. The Seal published a book, “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” under the pseudonym “Mark Owen.” The book is claimed by the publisher (Penguin) to be a first-hand account of the raid, saying that Owen “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.”

The book is co-authored by Kevin Maurer, who is an author of four other books and was “embedded with Special Forces in Afghanistan six times,” according to the New York TimesThe Pentagon and CIA have both said that they didn’t know about the book until they heard of it in the media, and that they have no way of telling whether confidential or sensitive information could be released in it. Owen has said that the name of his teammates are changed to protect them, and is presumably the same reason he chose to use a pseudonym himself.

A spokesman from the National Security Council, Tommy Vietor, has said, “We learned about this book today from press reports. We haven’t reviewed it and don’t know what it says.”

Fox News is apparently quite upset with Mark Owen’s soon-to-be publication. In the same article that they publish his name in (I will not be putting his real name here out of respect for his obvious wishes), they also point out exactly how much danger he would be in from writing this book with a quote from Col. Tim Nye, a Special Operations Command spokesperson: “This individual came forward. He started the process. He had to have known where this would lead. He’s the one who started this so he bears the ultimate responsibility for this.” Nye also says that Owen has “put himself in danger.”

No, Fox has done that. Not only did they publish his name, their disapproval of his actions bleeds through every paragraph, from alleged treason seen below:

The tell-all book also has apparently upset a large population of former and current SEAL members who worry about releasing information that could compromise future missions. One Navy SEAL told Fox News, “How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won’t?” Other SEALs are expressing anger, with some going so far as to call him a “traitor.”

to speculations of criminal prosecution:

Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello, a Navy spokesman, said it’s possible [NAME REMOVED] or any former service member could be punished for revealing national security secrets. “Any service member who discloses classified or sensitive information could be subject to prosecution — this doesn’t end when you leave the service,” Servello said. “There is nothing unique to the special warfare community in this regard.”

The Penguin Group (publisher of the book) has also released the following press release asking members of the media not to publish Owen’s true name:

Mark Owen, like every SEAL he has served with, has put his life on the line time and again for his country for more than a decade. Sharing the true story of his personal experience in NO EASY DAY is a courageous act in the face of obvious risks to his personal security. That personal security is the sole reason the book is being published under a pseudonym. We respectfully request that all news organizations and all Americans consider these facts when deciding whether to pursue or publicize his real identity. [Emphasis added]

Contact: Christine Ball
VP, Director of Marketing & Publicity
[email protected]

Laughably, Fox also points out that “Supporters of Mitt Romney accuse President Obama of intentionally leaking operational details surrounding the bin Laden raid for political gain,” which seems a tad hypocritical in light of the nature of their article (revealing a team member’s name). They also address OPSEC’s recent attacks on President Obama (seen below). OPSEC is a group that claims non-partisanship but has multiple right-wing ties.

OPSEC, a group of retired military and intelligence officers, came under fire this week from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, who told Fox News on Tuesday he was “disappointed” by the group’s political use of the military uniform in a recent anti-Obama advertisement. Dempsey said he feels those who serve ought to remain “apolitical.”

OPSEC fired back, arguing that Dempsey’s criticisms can be applied equally to the Obama campaign’s “One Chance” ad, which featured images of Blackhawk helicopters in flight and military pilots. The video suggests Romney would not have made the same decision to call for the raid that killed Usama bin Laden.

Film producer Kathryn Bigelow received help from the White House when she produced “Zero Dark Thirty,” a highly anticipated film detailing the bin Laden raid that was originally set to be released before the November election but was pushed to a later date after Republicans cried foul.

The White House has denied giving illegal or undue help to the producer of “Zero Dark Thirty,” and, in an email to Yahoo News, National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor had this to say on the subject, “When people, including press, authors, filmmakers, documentarians, who are working on projects that involve the president ask to speak with administration officials, we do our best to accommodate them to make sure the facts are correct. That’s hardly a novel approach to the media. We do not discuss classified information. The information that the White House provided about the bin Laden raid was focused on the President’s role in that decision-making process. The same information was given to the White House press corps.”

Fox’s one-sided portrayal of the opposite is either poor journalism, deliberate misinformation, or a direct lie. That, added to the hypocrisy of accusing the Obama campaign of giving too many secrets regarding the raid too much publicity, is simply sickening.

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