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Old 08-21-2016, 06:56 AM
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Re: 7 Navy SEALs From Osama Kill Raid Punished Over 'Medal of Honor' Video Game

Ex-Navy SEAL to pay feds $6.6 million to settle suit over book on bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON – The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Usama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared by the Defense Department, according to federal court documents.
Matt Bissonnette, who wrote "No Easy Day" under the pseudonym Mark Owen, will give the U.S. government all profits and royalties from the book or movie rights. The proceeds already total more than $6.6 million. He will have four years to pay the bulk of that.

The payments were outlined in settlement documents filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia.

According to the settlement, Bissonnette also has 30 days to pay $100,000 from the proceeds of presentations he gave using slides that were not approved by the department.

The book triggered a Justice Department probe, including claims it contained classified material. Bissonnette had signed non-disclosure agreements during his service as a SEAL, and he took part in a number of highly secret operations including the bin Laden raid.

Under the agreement, Bissonnette said he would acknowledge he made a mistake by failing to submit the book for pre-publication review. And in exchange for the payments, the U.S. government has dismissed other liability claims.

Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas said the agreement doesn't discredit Bissonnette's military service, but reinforces that service members comply with the non-disclosure documents they sign.

Bissonnette has written a follow-up — also under the name Owen — detailing his journey as a member of SEAL Team Six. That book, "No Hero: the Evolution of a Navy SEAL," did go through the proper channels and a few sections were redacted.

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Old 08-21-2016, 08:24 AM
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Re: 7 Navy SEALs From Osama Kill Raid Punished Over 'Medal of Honor' Video Game

Bissonnette filed a lawsuit against his attorney and law firm but, January 19th, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A former Navy SEAL disregarded advice from attorneys to submit his book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to the federal government for clearance before it was published, the lawyers said in a court filing.

Matt Bissonnette who wrote the book “No Easy Day” in 2012 under the pseudonym Mark Owen, filed a lawsuit in November 2014 against attorney Kevin Podlaski and his former law firm, Carson Boxberger LLC firm of Fort Wayne, Indiana, alleging he was given bad advice.

Bissonnette, who is from Texas, contends in the lawsuit that he was advised he didn’t have to submit the book to the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies for a pre-publication review. The lawsuit was initially filed in New York, but was transferred to U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne last November at the request of his former lawyers.

The lawyers say in a court filing on Jan. 12 that Bissonnette purposely chose to release the book without a governmental review to try to maximize profits before competing books and movies were released. It also says Bissonnette misinformed them about his military status at the time he hired them, lied to them about when he started to write the book and lied to them about his signing of non-disclosure agreements and his retention of classified documents.

Bissonnette’s lawsuit against the lawyers says that he has agreed as part of a negotiated settlement to forfeit to the U.S. government the majority of all income he has received from the book along with future income, including all movie rights.

In the book, Bissonnette describes the raid in May, 2011, saying he was one of several SEAL members who shot the al-Qaida leader. He suggests the point man fired the fatal shots, and that he and a second SEAL shot bin Laden when he was already down. Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has said he fired the shots that killed bin Laden.

The lawsuit contends that Bissonnette’s reputation has been tarnished because of the advice he received and he has lost a significant portion of the income he otherwise would have received following his retirement from the military through consulting jobs, speaking engagements and future employment.
wonder how that will end. The big accusation game.

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Re: 7 Navy SEALs From Osama Kill Raid Punished Over 'Medal of Honor' Video Game

Money hungry AND can't keep his mouth shut?

Well, that's just a shining personality, isn't it?

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