Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The government can seize all profits received by former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette for his book “No Easy Day,” according to John L. Martin, who headed the Justice Department section that prosecutes spies and leakers of classified information.
Even if the book, written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, contains no classified information, the author breached his contract with the government by not submitting it for pre-publication review, Martin tells Newsmax.
Martin cites a 1980 Supreme Court decision upholding such a contract that was signed by Frank Snepp, a former CIA officer. In that case, no classified information was disclosed, but the proceeds from Snepp’s book were placed in trust for the government.