Pentagon Weighing Options Against Former SEAL; Lawyer Says He Didn't Violate Agreements

A lawyer for the former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says his client is not violating any non-disclosure agreements.

Attorney Robert Luskin made that assertion in a letter to the Pentagon's top lawyer Friday.

He says the former SEAL "sought legal advice about his responsibilities before agreeing to publish his book" -- and that he made sure it "did not disclose any material that would breach his agreements or put his former comrades at risk."

But the Pentagon says it is considering legal action against the author. It says it hasn't made a final judgment on whether the book actually reveals secrets.

A Pentagon spokesman says the author is considered to be in violation of two non-disclosure agreements that he signed in 2007, by failing to submit the book for an official security review before it's published.

He won't say what legal options the Pentagon is considering, or when it might act.

The lawyer for the former SEAL says he has "earned the right to tell his story."

The general counsel of the Defense Department, Jeh Johnson, wrote in a letter transmitted to the author on Thursday that he had signed two nondisclosure agreements with the Navy in 2007 that obliged him to "never divulge" classified information.

Johnson said that after reviewing a copy of the book, "No Easy Day," the Pentagon concluded that the author is in "material breach and violation" of the agreements.


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