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Ex Navy SEAL may face charges over book: officials

WASHINGTON -- A former Navy SEAL who penned a book on the clandestine raid that killed Osama bin Laden revealed classified information in his first-hand account and could face criminal charges, U.S. officials have said.

The Pentagon's warning came on Tuesday as the head of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, voiced outrage that some current or retired commandos were trying to cash in on their fame.

"I am disappointed, embarrassed and concerned," Pybus wrote in a letter to troops, denouncing some former SEALs for delving into partisan politics or "hawking details about a mission against Enemy Number 1."

The U.S. Defense Department has already threatened legal action over "No Easy Day," which was released on Tuesday, but officials previously had stopped short of saying whether the book had revealed state secrets.

"We believe that sensitive and classified information is contained in the book," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

Asked if the U.S. government would take legal action against the author, Little said officials were reviewing all options.

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