The Navy SEAL who wrote a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden must forfeit $4.5 million to the government for publishing it without clearance, the shamed warrior revealed in a lawsuit against the lawyer he blames for the predicament.
Matt Bissonnette, who wrote using the pen name Mark Owen, sued attorney Kevin Podlaski Wednesday for $8 million for allegedly advising him that he need not submit the manuscript of “No Easy Day” to the Department of Defense for review.
Podlaski claimed to have government clearance that allowed him to review documents for classified information, Owen charges in documents filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
“The task (Podlaski) purported to undertake for the benefit of plaintiff and his writing team was absolutely contrary to law and doomed to failure from the start,” documents read.
Podlaski “had no legal right to substitute his judgment for that of the Department of Defense or other agencies of the United States as to what is considered classified or otherwise sensitive information,” the papers charge.
The debacle forced Bissonnette to enter into a negotiated settlement with the government forfeiting “the majority of all income he has received from his book as well as all future income he otherwise would have received,” according to documents.
SOURCE: STEPHEN REX BROWN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS