No, I’m sorry, there is no clever spin, no witty way to put this - Fox News actually outed the real name and location of a Navy SEAL Team Six member who participated in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. To make matters worse, the point of Fox’s article doing so is the supposed concern for national security information divulged by the publication of the SEAL’s pseudonymous book. The hypocrisy is so overwhelming that you'd better get a bucket.
According to the Washington Post, the SEAL's book was not vetted before publication.
“As far as we can determine, this book was not submitted for pre-publication review,” said CIA spokesman Preston Golson.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said he was “unaware that anyone in the department has reviewed it.”
White House officials said they knew nothing of the book.
“We learned about this book today from press reports,” said Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council. “We haven’t reviewed it and don’t know what it says.”
The Post also suggests that legal action might be taken to halt the book’s publication.
Enter Fox News which, by the way, has been enthusiastically promoting the OPSEC group that’s demonizing Obama for his supposed carelessness with national security secrets. FoxNews.com's Justin Fishel wrote:
“The book, “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” is set to hit shelves on Sept 11. It is penned under the pseudonym “Mark Owen,” according to the publisher, but multiple sources told Fox News his name is in fact [Name withheld on Newshounds], 36, of [location withheld on Newshounds] could be exposing himself to legal trouble, as the Pentagon has not vetted the account.”
The tell-all book also has apparently upset a large population of former and current SEAL members who worry about releasing information that could compromise future missions. One Navy SEAL told Fox News, “How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won’t?” Other SEALs are expressing anger, with some going so far as to call him a “traitor.”
So Fox fingered a man who is undoubtedly the target of some of our most dangerous enemies, one who has outraged some of his fellow SEALs, and given away exactly where to go and who to ask for! CNN reported: A senior Pentagon official said Fox News did not contact the Department of Defense ahead of revealing the author’s name.
Pardon my French, but WHAT THE FUCK?! Agreed, the book shouldn’t be published if it crosses any confidentiality lines, but how is deliberately endangering the author – one who has been a hero for our country – any kind of response?
What’s next for the people Fox News targets? Publishing home addresses? Passing out phone numbers? Telling people where to find them after hours if they’re not home? Hey, why not leave a sniper rifle in the bushes and leave a map of vantage points while they’re at it?