Valerie Plame must be face-palming right now. The controversial new book about the Navy SEAL raid that lead to killing Osama Bin Laden has the author in some very dangerous hot water.
Originally written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, NBC News has reported that the author has been receiving death threats from Al Quaeda-linked websites following Fox News' decision to publish his real name on Thursday. These "militant Islamic websites" posted not only the author's real name, but also his photo along with threats like "make an example of him for the whole world and give him dark days ahead."
Fox News exposed the Owens' real name in online reports and a televised segment that covered the controversy surrounding the publication of "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden." The conservative news network went on to defend their decision, saying in a public statement, "Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy."
The author is still expected to make a major media push for the book's forthcoming release on September 11. He has already recorded one interview for CBS' "60 Minutes" which will be broadcast on the news magazine's September 9th episode, though the author will be appearing in disguise during this and other interviews.