Allegedly an Alaskan former Navy SEAL Team 6 member, writing under the pen name "Mark Owen," is the person who co-wrote the book, "No Easy Day: the Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden."
The book, highly anticipated and controversial, is slated to hit the shelves very soon. According to the New York Times, publishers at The Penguin Group have it set for release -- that's right -- on September 11, 2012.
The gist of of the new book is pretty much all in the title, which is alluring enough. But, in case you were searching for more enticement, the New York Times adds that this particular "book promises to be one of the biggest titles of the year, with the potential to rattle the presidential campaign in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election."
The book could also be rather hazardous to its author, whose identity has been kept under lock and key by the publisher until today, when Fox News has allegedly learned "Mark Owen's" real name. According to Fox, "Mark Owen" is really Matt Bissonette, a 36-year-old retired Navy SEAL from Wrangell, Alaska, a small town on the southern half of the Southeast Panhandle.
The book is co-authored with Kevin Maurer, author of four books, many of which were based on Special Operations. Along with using the pseudonym "Mark Owen," Bissonette protected his fellow SEAL Team 6 members by changing their names in the book. Both the Pentagon and CIA said Wednesday that the book was not in any way vetted by either department to prevent unwanted classified information from being released. When asked about the book, officials in both departments said they were unaware of the SEAL's true identity, but described co-author Kevin Maurer as a well-respected journalist.
It's possible that Owen (Bissonette) could face official punishment for "revealing national security secrets." Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello told Fox News that any service member "who discloses classified or sensitive information could be subject to prosecution." He added that this rule doesn't end just because you leave the service.