SEAL Charity Refuses Book Profits

Navy SEAL Foundation doesn't want 'No Easy Day' money
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2012 12:54 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2012 1:23 AM CDT
SEAL Charity Refuses Book Profits
"No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," was written by Alaskan former SEAL Mark Bissonnette under the name Mark Owen.   (AP Photo/Dutton, File)

A Navy SEAL charity says it doesn't want any of the profits from a former SEAL's first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Author Mark Bissonnette promised to give charities most of the profits from No Easy Day—which the Pentagon says contains classified information—but the book has caused controversy in the tight-knit SEAL community, reports the Virginian-Pilot. The Navy SEAL Foundation, one of the charities Bissonette names in the book, says it "will not be accepting any donations that are generated from the book or any related activities."

The foundation is "committed to providing immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families," it said in a statement on its website, and "with this principled mission in mind," it is rejecting the donations. The book has been the No.1 bestseller on Amazon since its release earlier this week, although Bissonnette has been accused of violating a non-disclosure agreement, and the US government may be able to seize funds paid to him and his publisher. The director of another SEAL charity, the All in, All the Time Foundation, says its board has yet to make a decision about accepting funds from Bissonnette, and she wants to read the book before commenting. (More No Easy Day stories.)

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