CBS News says it won’t reveal the identity of a retired Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, even though other media outlets have done so. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager told The Associated Press that the author is “an American hero” and the network believes it has a responsibility to protect him. Fager also said he’d make the same decision to withhold the identity even if the network hadn’t gotten an exclusive interview with him that’s set to air September 9 on 60 Minutes. The book, titled No Easy Day was written by one of the men in the room when the al-Qaida leader was killed in the May 2011 raid under the pseudonym of Mark Owen. The Navy Seal Team 6’s hunt for bin Laden also is the subject of the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film Zero Dark Thirty, slated for release on December 19. Mark Boal penned the script.
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