Book on UBL raid raises new questions about intel leaks
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan weighs in
- Duration 6:49
- Date Aug 27, 2012
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan weighs in
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-- back to this story as well there is new reaction to the scheduled release.
They tell all book about the top secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden.
The book is called no easy today and it is set to be released on September the eleventh.
The account written by -- retired now navy seal who was part of that seal team six raid.
They took out the world's most wanted terrorist right now the new book raises some concerns though at the Pentagon.
Over whether or not it will include classified information.
But you probably remember that this discussion goes back further.
Two when those sensitive deet tails of that mission started to really pour out just the day after.
And then speculation started to swell as to why that would -- because everyone in the room agreed.
That the as being the source perhaps of those leaks claiming that it meant to boost.
The president's political standing and give him credit with -- was -- in many ways for the details and the releasing of them.
Lot of concerns and not -- -- planned release.
Brings new attention to that big question about where the leaks started from in the first place retired lieutenant colonel bill -- one of the US supreme -- -- Fox News.
Military analyst colonel Karen good to see you welcome back here welcome to let -- -- it.
Thanks Martha -- you know what I have read through some of what you said about this and you feel very strongly.
About all of this and and let's sort of start where it because what once -- details began to pour out right after the -- -- raid.
The cat was sort of out of the bag so to speak and that may be what has allowed this navy seal to begin this conversation to write this book in the first place right.
Well that's true Martha and I think a lot of us that come out of that special laughter intelligence community particularly that the really specialty organizations like seal team six.
-- take exception to people out there talking about things that they shouldn't be talking about you know historically.
Seal team six delta force some of the other specialty units out there have been working for years on behalf the United States.
Government missions overseas men and women serving.
And -- historically not -- I've ever had anything to stay in print so it's a little bit disconcerting we haven't seen this book yet.
We don't know what he has to say maybe it's only ten or fifteen page book.
But maybe it's hundreds of pages and he he says he wants to talk about the difficulties families go through there's a lot of authority doing that he wants talk about the difficulty that the the seals are the soldiers themselves -- to go through a lot of books out there are ready and that's going to be hard to tell what he uses as filler.
To make this -- -- staying in a target concede that there won't be some things divulged that should not.
-- divulged you know -- we know according to the reports and he's written a senators -- -- -- But that he was one of the first people into that room where bin Laden was -- that he was there when bin Laden was shot.
And when he was killed so he certainly is privy to a lot of and the intelligence of this race.
But -- -- -- the back to it seems to me that your outrage really centers mostly on why we're having this conversation in the first place and has details that began to come out.
After that picture -- on the situation room and after this whole thing began to be -- Martha you know all of there are so much information that's put out there not only about the bin Laden raid.
And we -- -- -- that per second also about stuck snap out which was the joint effort we had with the Israelis to go after the Iranian nuclear program about the operation in Yemen.
Where we were getting that terrorists that a guy that purported terrorist who was gonna take a bomb on an airplane they're -- three prime examples.
Of information being leaked that should not be leak -- which damages national security and I -- damages in the number of ways one as.
People need to remember it's not just al-Qaeda.
Or Iran that were worried about learning things the Russians and the Chinese are not our friends and all of the stuff they carefully pay attention everything -- -- site quickly.
This seal whose real name is now out there you can be sure everybody all of our enemies were looking to find out who his friends were on FaceBook.
Because you try to put this -- piece together who people are associated with.
So yeah you have this overall problem of information getting out there very sophisticated bad guys using it to do things that you -- step back and say what's the motivation.
And -- most people who are in very sensitive positions.
Who runs sensitive operations -- access to a are polygraph on a routine basis they're polygraph to make sure -- -- -- the information.
In the White House at the highest levels of the administration people are not polygraphed.
-- given access to that information by virtue of their positions and airports it comes to reason that.
Most of these leaks -- -- coming out of the White House and the motivation is to keep this administration in power.
Well we know that the early New York Times reports that came out cited senior administration officials as being the source.
The information that the administration as you well know I -- say that they did not leak any of this information.
Does this go anywhere from here I mean is that this conversation does it lead to some of those levels do you thank.
Well Martha you know there's there's an investigation ongoing by the FBI I don't think it's gonna be any any conclusions will be reached before.
The election by any means it may not be for quite a long time and who knows what will happen if they find those who did it but.
You know it it is like any good attorney go find what the motive is for somebody be talking about things are not thought not supposed to be talking about.
Or doing things that they're not supposed be doing.
Find out what the motivation is and peel it back from there and the motivation for somebody in the intelligence -- special operations community.
Particularly those with access to very private very sensitive information.
Their motivation is to always be quiet for years and years and years and and many years -- after.
It's not in our DNA those of us who have done these kinds of operations it's not in our DNA to talk about him.
So I would say in the grace of the seal remains to be seen what he has to say about the bin Laden raid.
I I think it's going to be a little bit unfortunate it is unfortunate that he wrote that book and I think in -- to the administration I hope that some.
Good investigation -- -- -- -- are one thing quickly you know somebody in that white -- in my judgement somebody that White House or that administration is going home every night.
To have dinner with -- -- are going out every night with his friends to happy hour.
But and a Pakistani prison there's a doctor who's been sentenced to 33 years in jail his crime.
Supporting us to ensure that bin Laden was in that compound so that the president could make the decision with good basis to strike that company.
And a that's a powerful point and you you're referring of course to the doctor.
Who tried to get DNA.
Tried to get some positive identification I'm in a lot in order to it to target that house.
So that -- I -- would know exactly where to go and and it is striking that we can even -- here and talk about that.
And that that man is in prison for 33 years for having helped us with that mission.
A huge story that has on in some ways under the radar our current count on.
Thank you so much for being here and for speaking out on this thanks Martha gets more attention thank you sir thanks.