News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Osama: US soldier forfeits $6.8m book royalty

Osama Bin Laden and the unauthorised book about his death

A former U.S. Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the daring operation on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan has agreed to forfeit $6.8 million in book royalties and speaking fees to Pentagon.

The New York Times citing US federal court documents reported that Matt Bissonnette, who wrote the book under the pseudonym “Mark Owen,” also apologized in a statement for not getting the book vetted by the Pentagon before it was published in 2012, the New York Times said.

The Navy SEAL a. k.a Mark Owen

“I accept responsibility for failing to submit the book for review and apologize sincerely for my oversight,” the newspaper reported the statement as saying.

In the past the Pentagon has threatened legal action against Bissonnette for alleged violation of non-disclosure agreements because the manuscript was not submitted for a pre-publication security review.