Mark Bissonnette (aka "Mark Owen") broke the Special Forces' "code of silence" and wrote No Easy Day because of "bad blood" with many in his SEAL Team 6 unit—at least according to another book by Special Operations veterans. No Easy Op is an ebook that goes on sale today, reports the New York Times, one day before No Easy Day hits the shelves. It was based on interviews with current but anonymous members of SEAL Team 6, co-authored by a former SEAL sniper, and produced by sofrep.com, a site run by former commandos.
“How was he repaid for his honesty and 14 years of service?” a passage of No Easy Op asks. “He was ostracized from his unit with no notice and handed a plane ticket back to Virginia from a training operation.” No Easy Op calls Bissonnette an "operator's operator" and says he probably did not disclose any vital information in No Easy Day. But it also criticizes Bissonnette for not submitting his book for Pentagon review, as well as SEAL culture in general, which is considered much more arrogant than other Special Forces. The authors also suggest that blowback from the high-profile leaks from SEAL Team 6 could create major policy changes across the Special Forces. (Read more Seal Team Six stories.)