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Osama book author faces threats

world Updated: Aug 25, 2012 23:47 IST

The former US Navy SEAL who, with a journalist co-author, wrote No Easy Day about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden now faces threats against his life in addition to possible criminal prosecution.

The man’s name, photograph and age was posted on al Qaeda’s official website as the ‘the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.’ The head of US special operations command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces.

‘We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable’, Admiral Bill McRaven had said in an open, unclassified letter obtained by Reuters yesterday. ‘As current or former members of our special operations community, authors have a moral obligation, and a legal duty, to submit their works for pre-publication security review,’ the he wrote.

Fox News made public on Thursday what it said was the real name of the former SEAL who goes by the pseudonym of Mark Owen.