Matthew Bissonnette the former Navy Seal who wrote No Easy Day, the book about the 2011 Bin Laden special ops mission, allegedly kept a photo of the terrorist’s corpse which got him in more hot water. When his book was released, Matthew Bissonnette actions were already being looked at closely by the Justice department and the Navy over the direct or indirect release of classified information. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (yes NCIS is real) discovered the photo of a Bin Laden’s body after Mr. Bissonnette handed over a hard drive related to the initial investigation. Him having this image in his possession immediately sparked concerns that the image may have ended up in the wrong hands and released to the public.
The government has fought to keep pictures of bin Laden’s body from being made public for what it claims are national security reasons. The retired SEAL voluntarily provided investigators with a copy of his hard drive as part of an agreement not to prosecute him for unlawfully possessing classified material, according to the two people familiar with the deal. The two people who spoke about the case, and other former SEALs The Intercept interviewed about Bissonnette, asked that their names not be used because they were describing an ongoing investigation and classified matters.