A former Navy SEAL living in San Diego is shedding new light on the motivation behind a controversial book detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
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The firsthand account by the man calling himself Mark Owen about the raid that killed bin Laden has sold books and drawn threats of legal charges. It has also raised eyebrows in the SEAL community.
"My personal opinion is the timing of this book was off," said Brandon Webb, a former SEAL sniper who wrote a 2011 memoir about his days with the SEALs, which was entitled "The Red Circle: My Life In the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen." Webb is also editor-in-chief of a website, Sofrep.com. Recently, his site released an e-book entitled "No Easy Op." It is a short book that analyzes Owen's account and includes an unarmed, non-aggressive bin Laden before he was killed, a contrast to earlier accounts.
But were there secrets spilled?
"I've read the book and I don't think there is as we call in the military tactics, techniques or procedures released," said Webb.
However, Webb said the speed of the book's release personally bothers him. His sources said Owen signed the deal as soon as he left the SEALs.
"There are current operatives in the intelligence community and SEAL Team Six that are still working," said Webb.
Webb also offers some insight into one motive behind the book.
He said it is known in the SEAL community that Owen was thinking of a career change. When his bosses found out, they asked him to leave.
An excerpt from the e-book reads, "What do you do when you find yourself pissed off at your former employer, out of a job and in need of a paycheck? You start cashing in chips."
"Anytime you're in that type of unit and asked to leave suddenly, there has to be a rub there," said Webb.
He declined to reveal his sources but called them reliable.
His e-book analysis also points to Owen's former command, saying they mishandled his departure, which was then followed quickly by a book.
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