‘No Easy Day’ Author Offers To Donate Proceeds, Navy Seals Charity Says No Thanks
The authors of No Easy Day, the controversial book about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, have received plenty of criticism, and even a few lawsuits over their best-selling book. In an attempt to make things right, co-author Matt Bissonnette, who wrote under the name Mark Owen, offered to donate the proceeds to charity.
But the Navy Seals Foundation doesn’t want anything to do with the money.
The organization wrote in a statement:
“The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to providing immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families… With this principled mission in mind, the Foundation will not be accepting any donations that are generated from the book or any related activities.”
The book, which hit No. 1 on Amazon immediately after it was released, contains “sensitive and classified” information. Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson threatened legal action against Owen, saying that as a former Navy Seal he had agreed not to divulge classified information. By publishing No Easy Day, he broke that contract.
“In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed.”
The Navy Seals Foundation is the only charity so far to flat out reject Owen’s donation. The Huffington Post reports that Owen has made an offer to other charities but it’s unclear if anyone will except the money generated from the controversial book.
Christina Valentine, director of the All in All the Time Foundation, said:
“I need to sit here and really mull it over… I don’t want to judge anybody or make an uninformed comment. I wonder how many people out there haven’t read the book and are making a statement?”
What do you think of the Bin Laden raid book? Is Owens doing the right thing by trying to donate the money to charity?