posted on Aug, 25 2012 @ 09:57 AM
I believe that the vast majority of secrets, kept by governments and intelligence agencies, are kept to prevent embarassment on the part of
governments and ministers, rather than to protect national security. Bradley Manning being locked up for making certain people and organisations in
Washington look like the utter scum they are, for instance, should have been given a medal and a permanent seat on the Balls of Steel comittee.
Nothing he ever leaked killed anyone, due to his own and Wikileaks careful treatment of potentially delicate intel.
However, in this scenario the author of this book, had every right to tell his story from behind a veil of anonymity. For a start this fellow is a
SEAL. That means that the chap has been all over the world, and in most places he has ended up, he has placed at least one boot, firmly against the
colons of some of the most lethal, dangerous, and remorseless organisations on this planet. He has served his country, and its security and safety, at
the very highest level. That puts him, his family, his friends, neighbors, pets, and even any headlice he might have accumulated, in serious danger,
should his identity become common knowledge.
In all fairness, the fellow himself must have been careless or stupid somewhere along the line, to even reveal his identity to his publishers and
agents. Frankly speaking, the only people who ought to know who he is in real life, ought to be his wife (if he has one) and his biological relations,
and his former commanders. For anyone else, it should have been impossible to find out. There must be something seriously backwards in a country where
a Spec-ops mans cover can be blown, while at the same time a man can rot in jail for revealing double dealing on the part of the government.