Fox News revealed the identity of the the former Navy Seal who wrote the book, "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden", prompting death threats from al-Qaeda.
The author of "No Easy Day", published by Penguin Group (USA)'s Dutton imprint, used the pseudonym, Mark Owen, when writing his book in order to hide his true identity. As Dutton spokeswoman Christine Ball pointed out in her statement to the AP: "Sharing the true story of his personal experience in 'No Easy Day' is a courageous act in the face of obvious risks to his personal security." The Huffington Post also reports the publisher made the following request in a statement: "We respectfully request that all news organizations and all Americans consider these facts when deciding whether to pursue or publicize his real identity."
Whatever security the use of a pseudonym may have provided appears to have been shattered now.
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Not long after the former Navy Seal turned author's identity was release by Fox, users on several al-Qaida related websites began posting the name and pictures of the author, and called for revenge and his destruction according to an NBC report. "We pray to Allah for his destruction sooner rather than later", "Oh Allah, make an example of him for the whole world and give him dark days ahead", and "Here is the first picture of the dog who murdered the martyr Shaykh Usama Bin Laden. "May Allah have mercy on him." are some of the posts NBC News reported.
It is unclear at this time if the former Navy Seal has plans for additional protective security in response to his identity being revealed.
*This journalist has chosen not to include any information in this report regarding the identity of the books author or other Navy Seals involved in the operation in question out of respect for their safety.*