UPDATE: Yesterday, Fox News identified the author as Matt Bissonnette, a 36-year-old originally from Alaska, and hours later Defense Department and military officials confirmed his identity.
With the presidential campaign in full swing, Penguin Publishers’ imprint Dutton plans to release “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden”, a “detailed first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden”, on September 11th. The book was written under a pseudonym by a member the Navy SEALs who was a part of the mission, and was present for bin Laden’s death.
According to the publisher, the book is scheduled to be one of the biggest books of the year, “with the potential to affect the presidential campaign in the final weeks before the election.” In anticipation, the publisher has planned a print run of 300,000 copies in hardcover.
Penguin officials declined to comment on whether the book was vetted by government agencies. Colonel Tim Nye, the chief spokesman for the military’s Special Operations Command, said, “[he] would reserve comment until he had an opportunity to read the book.”
While the author and his fellow SEAL team members’ identities have been protected in the book, we can pretty much guarantee it’s not written by this guy:
On a more serious note, it should be an interesting read, and given that it has the “potential to affect the presidential election”, we’re very curious….