Pentagon checking story for bin Laden raid secrets

At issue is an interview a SEAL gave Esquire magazine about his role in the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says it is reviewing an Esquire magazine article on a Navy SEAL's account of his role in the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden to determine whether the account disclosed any classified information.

A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Steve Warren, disclosed the inquiry on Tuesday, saying officials are trying to determine whether the SEAL, whose identity is not revealed in the Esquire article, broke any secrecy rules.

The article was published online Feb. 11.

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The account is not the first to portray details of the raid. Former SEAL Matt Bissonette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, described the operation in his book, "No Easy Day," published last September. The Pentagon objected to what it called his unwarranted disclosures but has not announced any legal action against him.

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