TODAY | August 24, 2012
>> there's new fallout about the book about osama bin laden . the navy s.e.a.l. that helped pull off the raid. many, especially in the military community, are not happy about the book. jim miklaszewski is at the pentagon.
>> reporter: navy s.e.a.l.s are committed to keeping their secrets secret. it's not surprising this morning many of them feel they have been betrayed. the raid that killed osama bin laden was loudly heralded as the single biggest success in decades. you didn't hear it from the navy s.e.a.l.s who carried out the mission until now. "no easy day." the firsthand bt of the mission that killed osama bin laden was written under a pseudonym, a former member of seal team six who now lives in alaska. according to the publisher, the author gives a blow by blow narrative of the saul. he was one of the first men through the door and watched bin laden take his last breath. u.s. officials tell nbc news many in this s.e.a.l. community are outraged one of their own would break the seal of silence. brandon webb is a navy s.e.a.l. and author.
>> i have friend at the command of team s.e.a.l. six definitely feel this was a betrayal, that one of their own got out and immediately, you know, essentially is looked at selling out.
>> reporter: it wouldn't be the first big leak of information about the bin laden raid.
>> i think it was so famous a raid, so successful, that the temptation to leak on the part of everyone involved, including the political leadership, was infantrymenous.
>> reporter: in fact, the white house was accused of collaborating with a famemaker who made a movie about bin laden to give president obama a political boost. the white house denied it. if the book contains any leaks, they could be criminal. books written about secret or classified information must first be reviewed and cleared by the military or appropriate agency. military, pentagon and cia officials tell nbc news, the author did not submit this book for review. but prosecuting such cases can prove difficult. and in this instance, unpopular.
>> to drag this person into court, the one person who risked his life to make sure this operation succeeded, that seems to me to be a huge roadblock for the prosecution.
>> reporter: in response to the book the top commander of all special operations bill mccraven sent out this open let tore all his forces saying when it comes to talking about special operations , whether the motive is personal, political, or even profit, the best policy is to keep your mouth shut. savannah.