September 11, 2012

Panetta raps book by former SEAL on bin Laden hit

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From left are Dennis Redenbach, the regional director of National Park Service’s Northeast region, Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of the Flight 93 Nat’l Memorial, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Patrick White, president of Families of Flight 93, shown during Panetta’s visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is assailing publication of a book about the raid that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, saying the account by a former Navy SEAL could jeopardize future U.S. operations.

In a CBS interview broadcast Tuesday, Panetta stops short of accusing the author of revealing classified information, but says Pentagon officials want to determine “what is classified and what isn’t, and where those lines are.”

Panetta says the book written under the pseudonym of Mark Owen raises troubling national security questions. He says, quote, “Well, I think when somebody talks about the particulars of how those operations are conducted, it tells our enemies, essentially, how we operate and what we do to go after them.”

The author eventually was identified in various news accounts as Matt Bissonnette.

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