According to ForeignPolicy.com, the “Obama administration is actively pursuing legal action” against the book’s author and is seeking “hundreds of thousands of dollars” from the author for allegedly writing a book that was never cleared by the proper sources.
The Justice Department and the Pentagon are in settlement talks, which have not previously been reported, with No Easy Day author Matt Bissonnette, who wrote the book in 2012 under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book bumped Fifty Shades of Grey from the top of the USA Today best-seller list when it was first published and has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. The book infuriated many at the Pentagon and in the secretive Special Operations community because Bissonnette didn’t submit it for a pre-publication review designed to prevent the disclosure of any top-secret information about the raid.
“The department continues to assert forcefully that Mark Owen breached his legal obligations by publishing the book without pre-publication review and clearance,” a Pentagon spokesman told ForeignPolicy.com. “Settlement negotiations continue with an intent to pursue litigation if talks break down.