(NPR) The Pentagon says it is considering taking legal action against the author of No Easy Day, a firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.

In a letter [PDF] to the author, the Defense Department’s general counsel, Jeh Johnson, said the book violated the author’s agreements to not divulge military secrets.

The author of No Easy Day is Matt Bissonnette, who used the pseudonym Mark Owen. Johnson’s letter is addressed to “Mr Owen.”

The letter says the author signed two nondisclosure agreements, which remain in force though he has left the active-duty Navy.

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