Matt Bissonnette: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

The Navy SEAL Team 6 member who used the pseudonym Mark Owen to write No Easy Day, the tell-all book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has been outed by Fox News. His name is Matt Bissonnette, age 36. What do we know about him?

1. He Penned the First First-Hand Look at Killing Bin Laden

The book’s full title is No Easy Day: The First Hand Account Of The Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. The title clearly refers to his time in the military and is the first publicly released first-hand account of the mission that led to the death of Bin Laden. In a gimmicky move, it comes out Sept. 11.

2. He Could Go To Jail for this Book
matt bissonnette no easy day bin laden navy seal
According to White House and CIA officials, the military didn’t know about this book until the story was leaked online. When ex or current military personnel release a book about their military service, standard protocol is to give a copy to the Pentagon before the book is released publicly. This enables officials to comb through it and make sure that no confidential information gets leaked to the public. Bissonnette didn’t do this and is now taking heat for it. Dutton publishing house (a subsidiary of Penguin) claims that it did go through the book and deemed none of the information confidential. White House reps were quick to respond that Dutton’s vetting was not sufficient. If confidential info gets released in this book Bissonnette could face major jail time.

3. He Killed Pirates!

Matt Bissonnette Capt. Phillips Somali Pirates

The rescue of Capt. Phillips. Via CBS News.

Kill one pirate? You are a badass. Kill three pirates? You get Ph.D. in Bad Assery from Chuck Norris University. B.A. Bissonnette graduated Magna Cum Laude from C.N.U. back in 2009 when he rescued ship captain Richard Phillips. Phillips had been captured by Somali pirates while captaining a U.S. cargo ship in the Indian ocean. Bissonnette and his team sniped the pirates and then boarded the ship to rescue the captain. Suck it, Jack Sparrow!

4. He’s Not Happy with President Obama
Word on the street is that Bissonnette is releasing the book in order to fight President Obama accidently taking credit for Bin Laden’s death. Bissonette was quoted saying “It’s time to set the record straight about the most important mission in US Military History.”

5. He Has Upset Current And Former SEALs
Mark Bissonnette Navy Seal
The SEALs are not happy with Bissonnette and his book. Fox News quoted one SEAL saying “How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won’t?” Other accounts have members of the SEALs going as far as calling him a “traitor.”

6. He’s from the Middle of Nowhere
He’s a is native of Wrangell, Alaska, a town with a population of just over 2,300 that is only accessible via ferry or plane.

7. He’s Not The Only SEAL Angry with Obama

Last week a group called “Op Sec Education Fund” released a 22-minute video that calls out Obama for politicizing covert operations. The group claims that when Obama talks about such operations it risks the lives of current servicemen and women who are in missions.

8. He Was a Chief in SEAL Team 6
The only real description I can use to describe Seal Team 6 is “Scary Awesome.” SEAL Team 6’s official name is “ The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group” (DEVGRU for short). DEVGRU is “awesome” because it is one of four counter terrorism/special mission units in the military and is so covert that most of the details and techniques of Seal Team 6 are not even commented on by the White House or DOD. Seal Team 6 is “scary” because it has the ability to work outside of both U.S. and international law. Bissonnette achieved the rank of chief in this elite group. He retired last summer.

9. He Wrote the Book With Kevin Maurer

Bissonnette’s partner in treason on the new book was award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer. The military seems to trust Maurer with documenting missions. He has been embedded as part of the special services six times over the past five years and has covered deployment in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

10. He Gives Back
Like him or hate him, Bissonnette does seem to be a good guy at the end of the day. Bissonette plans on taking all the proceeds from the book and donating it to the family of fallen SEALs.


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I thank him for what he did in the war, but I despise he is taking it for his personal gain. Without all logistic support, teammate’s help, he is nothing.

Chris H

Have you read the book? It’s entirely about the support and help all of the SEALs get and give to each other on a daily basis. He is not a personal grand stander in the slightest. And related to personal gain, as others have said, he’s giving the proceeds back to the families of the SEALs. Read the book first, then come back and comment.


It is the American life style my friend!!! Greed!! Why do you think we went to Iraq??? Iraq did t do 9/11 yet we have blood on are hands, Saudis did, we went to Iraq for Greed!!!! lol lol

Rick Ruane

First of all, it was no laughing matter. Second, what did we get from Iraq. Didn’t see us getting any oil from them like lots of people claimed.Heck we get more oil from that clown Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

Crash and Bern

Who do you think runs the oil fields in the middle east if not the large multinational oil companies that supply us with our oil.


As long as they dont give away any secrets or tactics that are confidential, I dont have any problem with people writing books under those rules. Many dont have a way to make money when they are out of the military, so they have to have some source of income. Military is all they ever did.


I would have to say that No Easy Day is one of my favorite books of all time. I have high respects for any Seal Team member in our military. Because of Owen, my dreams of becoming a Seal Team member grew. Sadly, however, I’ve been Blind for the last five years and can’t be a UDT Navy Seal ever in my life. I am almost out of high school and it gets more and more irritating knowing that I can’t never be in the US Special Armed Services. This book is great and he is one of my heroes.


I also just read the book The Operator, its also great and I plan on getting Mark’s other book No Hero which was released after No Easy Day.


You are a piece of shit for releasing his name to the public a long with the other organizations, shame on you. and personal gain? he isn’t getting anything for the book the navy seal foundation is, people in this country are a god damn joke, I am no longer proud to be an american.


There is a reason why this guy never revealed his real name in the first place. That should be a major hint for everyone to not advertise his name in the media. He was, after all, part of the top-secret mission that killed UBL… Can America give him a little privacy! I think he’s earned it. On a more personal note, he just wanted to get the story right, and was going to donate the proceeds.


President Obama is his president and chief. Didn’t he swear to uphold and be true the commander and chief?


I spent some time with him , great man and didn’t exspose anything that whitehouse didn’t already do. He hopes to motivate future generations of boys like he was inspired by the men with green faces. Great patriot so sad what our own people have done to him . He gives a lot to charity.

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