A Navy SEAL who went public as one of the men who shot Osama bin Laden, Matt Bissonnette, is under criminal investigation and under fire from fellow SEALs after writing about the mission. Under the pen name Mark Owen, he wrote his military memoir, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden. He and his publisher (Dutton Penguin) released the book without first submitting it for US Department of Defense review. On September 13, 2012, the book replaced Fifty Shades of Grey atop USA Today’s bestselling books list.
Bissonnette says that “he never intended to put his fellow SEALs at risk when he disclosed details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.” He wants to “make peace with the public” so he’s sitting down with Scott Pelley of CBS’ 60 Minutes (Nov 2 at 7:30pm) to defend his decision. “How many former defense secretaries have written books?” He asks Pelley. “I’m a nobody.” For the interview, Bissonnette’s appearance and voice are disguised for his safety.