The New York Times reports that a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden will be published next month, though the Navy SEAL who wrote it is choosing to remain anonymous. As a result, he will do publicity for the book while hiding his identity.
Because the book is written under a pseudonym, the author will appear in disguise during television interviews to promote the book. At least one major network prime-time appearance has been planned, a person familiar with the plans said, and during interviews on television and radio, the author’s voice will be altered.
Which primetime show will the author be appearing on? CBS “60 Minutes” sounds like a good fit, though other networks would probably make accommodations if it meant getting an exclusive.
Of course, he may not have to hide anymore. Fox News Channel’s Justin Fishel claims to have uncovered the identity of the SEAL in question, and reports that he could face legal ramifications.
Update: Fox News released a statement from executive VP and executive editor John Moody regarding the decision to publish the name:
“Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.”