Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette has been in the news. Making raves because of his book ‘No Easy Day’ which he wrote under the pseudonym Mark Owen. The book reveals facts and events of the day when the US SEALs raided Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout and killed him.
The hardcover edition of " No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden" officially became available in the United States on September 4, 2012.
There has been an uproar, furor, threats and indeed anticipation. His book is selling like hot cakes, and according to Reuters, even leaving behind even 50 Shades of Grey on Amazon.
The controversial author has been interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes." Bissonnette recounts the operation in detail, saying he and another SEAL shot bin Laden again after he was already shot in the head because his hands were hidden and they didn’t want to risk anything. He also claims taking pictures of bin Laden’s body that were never made public.
Pentagon on the other hand maintains that Osama bin Laden was only shot after fleeing into his bedroom, and has threatened legal action against Bissonnette for possible releases of classified information.
The author is no longer with the SEAL Team 6. He did receive a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart for a wound suffered in the raid. But he told in the interview that the book was not about him at all. Rather, it was a tribute to the hundreds of Americans who worked for years, researching, investigating and making the actual operation possible.
Mark Owen, as he was called, appeared in shadows and incognito during the interview explaining that apart from security concerns, he didn’t want the focus to be on him, rather, “The focus should be on the book. I'm not trying to be special or a hero or anything. I'm just trying to tell the bigger story.”
Here are the videos of the controversial-almost legendary Matt Bissonnette on CBS’ 60 Minutes.