US Special Operations Command chief Admiral William McRaven has warned his troops, both current and retired, that he would take legal action against anyone who exposed sensitive information regarding the raid on Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year, that could cause fellow forces any sort of harm.
In the letter written by McRaven, he said that while it was within the rights of former special-operations soldiers to “write books about their adventures, it is disappointing when these actions either attempt to represent the broader [special-operations forces] community, or expose sensitive information that could threaten the lives of their fellow warriors,” Politico reports.
The warning by McRaven comes after a US Navy SEAL officer penned a book giving a first-person account of the killing of former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a raid at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The SEALs’ chief also issued a veiled warning to the author of the book. ”Every member of the special-operations community with a security clearance signed a non-disclosure agreement that was binding during and after service in the military,” he wrote
“If the U.S. Special Operations Command finds that an active-duty, retired or former service member violated that agreement and that exposure of information was detrimental to the safety of U.S. forces, then we will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate,” the letter added.