Local Retired Navy SEAL: ‘Mark Owen’ Likely A Marked Man For Bin Laden Book
BURLINGTON (CBS) – The president of a New England club for retired Navy SEALs says the man who wrote “No Easy Day” will have to live his life in fear.
“Some of things I’ve heard about the book, he could have some people looking for him and I’m not talking about Americans. I’m talking about the other side,” Don Tocci told WBZ-TV.
Tocci was a member of SEAL Team 2 from 1964 to 1968.
Using the pseudonym “Mark Owen,” the author details the May 2011 mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Owen claims to have been aboard the helicopter that crashed into bin Laden’s compound and says he was the second man to enter the room after bin Laden was shot.
On September 9, “60 Minutes” will air an in-depth interview with the author. The attention Owen is getting makes some Navy SEALs uneasy.
“He’s got a lot of credentials, so he’s trying to make some money off the deal I guess. I’m just hoping he didn’t let anything that’s secret out,” said Tocci.
In the 50 years since the creation of elite Navy commandos, it’s been taboo for SEALs to discuss assignments.
Tocci believes the massive public interest, a faster news pace, and Freedom of Information laws changed how SEALs do business.
“Things are different [now] and everything is opened up and it opens up more quickly,” he said.
The book was originally planned for release on September 11th but high demand lead the publisher to move the date up.