A Pentagon official says a book released Tuesday contains classified information and spills secrets as a former Navy Seal wrote an insider’s account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters today that an official review of the book, ``No Easy Day,'' determined that it reveals what he called ``sensitive and classified'' information.
A lawyer for the author has disputed that he was legally obliged to have the book screened before publication.
It is an issue discussed today at Tulsa’s VFW post.
KRMG asked several veterans about their thoughts.
Douglas Bagby understands sensitive and classified material-- since he still can't talk about some of his missions.
"Is he just telling the truth as to what we already know then he has the right to tell the truth on that part if it is what the public knows. But if is stuff that the public does not know at all then I feel, if it still falls under the secret deal then he is not allowed to publish it," says Bagby.
He and the two other veterans were all curious about the motivation for the former Navy SEAL to write the book.
Allen Brown didn’t say as much during the conversation because he wanted to read the book before making a decision.
"I will have my own thoughts about what happened, what he should have done or not done," says Brown.
A Pentagon spokesman says the author of the book violated two nondisclosure agreements.
Bagby knows about signing that type of agreement when you get out of the military.
"It is a disclosure that we sign when we get out, if we are in a unit that is secret or does top secret stuff. We have to be careful with what we talk about," says Bagby.
He admits there is already a great deal of material that has been disclosed or leaked about the bin Laden raid so he will be watching to see what is considered classified information and what is already public information.