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SEAL who wrote bin Laden raid book with StarNews editor identified

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KIMBERLY DOZIER
AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy SEAL who wrote about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym is Matt Bissonnette, who retired from the Navy last summer.

Bissonnette is from Virginia Beach, VA. He was first identified by Fox News.

One current and one former US military official confirmed the name, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss military personnel matters.

The book, titled "No Easy Day," and co-written with StarNews local news editor Kevin Maurer, is scheduled to be released Sept. 11 under the pseudonym Mark Owen. Penguin Group (USA)'s Dutton imprint, the publisher, asked news organizations Thursday to withhold his identity.

The book and the author's name come during a time of debate over the possible damage to U.S. national security by leaks to the media.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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