A Navy SEAL who took part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is being aggressively investigated by the Obama administration, 60 Minutes reported Sunday.
"I'm a senior enlisted guy that did 13 straight deployments," Mark Owen said during an on-air interview. "Nothing else, nothing. I've sacrificed everything in my life to continue raising my hand volunteering right next to my brothers to continue to go back overseas and do what we could to help. So it's tough."
The investigation stems from a book he wrote about the raid. According to his lawyer, the government claims it violated the Espionage Act, the law used to convict Chelsea Manning. Owen says the investigation has made the last two years of his life hell. 60 Minutes suggests his problems may have begun when, on the advice of a lawyer, he didn't bother to submit his book to the government for pre-publication review, a form of censorship U.S. officials use to control what the public sees. Owen now calls that bad legal advice and says he relied on it in good faith.
While Owen is the first to be harassed by the national-security state for leaking classified information about the Bin Laden raid, he is far from the first to have leaked about it. After the raid, the Obama administration played a cynical double game. Officially, national security was said to require that the mission be treated with the utmost secrecy. Court battles were fought to deny Freedom of Information Act requests.