LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Mark Owen, real name Matt Bissonnette, news interview with 60 Minutes airs tonight about his book “No Easy Day”. But Matt Bissonnette (photos below) and his purported consulting firm Silent R have now allegedly been linked to the video game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” being released by Electronic Arts on Oct. 23.
When Matt Bissonnette appears on 60 Minutes tonight, he will be interviewed by Scott Pelley as “Mark Owen” with his real name purportedly not aired during the broadcast. Additionally, photos and video tonight won’t show Bissonnette’s real appearance.
“No Easy Day” was written by Bissonnette under the pseudonym Mark Owen. When the first news release was issued by Owen and his publisher, FOX News revealed Owen’s real name within twenty-four hours. That same day, the U.S. military confirmed that they had not been asked by the author for clearance prior to publication.
Within days, the military confirmed that they finally had a copy of the book. And by the following week, they told news that the book, in their opinion, violated rules about pre-publication clearance. They also determined that the book had allegedly released military secrets and could result in Bissonnette’s royalties being seized.
Bissonnette is not donating all the funds he makes off the book to charity. The complete news release by publisher Dutton says that Bissonnette will be donating “a majority” of his books to “unnamed” military-related charities. Moreover, the NYPost claims that Bissonnette has allegedly been shopping film rights to his book as well.
But now, the LA Times claims that Bissonnette allegedly founded a consulting firm named Silent R and has been allegedly consulting with Electronic Arts for its upcoming video game release “Medal of Honor: Warfighter”. In a news statement, Jeff Brown for Electronic Arts said, “We cannot comment on the identity of consultants who worked with us on ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter.’” The Times claims that Bissonnette’s “firm, Silent R, has been working with the Los Angeles developers of “Warfighter,””.
The retired SEAL is already being investigating by the military concerning his book.
Rear Adm. Sean Pybus recently in an internal letter denounced the Bissonnette book. In an internal news statement, Pybus wrote “In the weeks ahead, we will be taking actions to meet this challenge, and I appreciate your leadership and support of our community in this effort”.
There are two issues at stake in the book. First is the pre-clearance debate. The military contends, and Bissonnette disagrees, that he had to get clearance before publishing his book, despite its contents. Countless former SEALs have told news that the policy is well known and followed by retired personnel. But why did Bissonnette act differently?
“The Department of Defense has obtained and reviewed an advanced copy of the book … In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed”, the military has said in a recent letter to the author.
Second, is only Bissonnette being investigated by the military? The official statement is problematic. “The Department is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us in light of this situation.”
And third, the military claims the book does divulge military secrets. Officials have reportedly contended that the book reveals “tactics, techniques and procedures” of the NAVY SEALs. The official asserts that the alleged disclosure “could put other operators at risk and future operations in jeopardy.”
The author disagrees. He has retained attorney Robert Luskin, who previously repressed Lance Armstrong. Luskin has told the military that the author “remains confident that he has faithfully fulfilled his duty” and “did not disclose any material that would breach his agreements or put his former comrades at risk.”