- Former SEAL Team Six member Matthew Bissonnette will have to turn over all proceeds from best-selling book
- US government said Bissonnette had failed to get the appropriate approval from the Defense Department
"Mr. Bissonnette has agreed to pay the United States all of his past and future proceeds from the publication of 'No Easy Day,'" Department of Justice spokesperson Nicole Navas said in a statement to CNN.
The US government brought a civil action against Bissonnette for "breach of contract" by violating a non-disclosure agreement that required him to "submit to the Government for pre-publication security review any written manuscript containing or relating to classified information," according to the official complaint.
The complaint does not accuse Bissonnette, a former U.S. Navy SEAL chief petty officer and member of the elite SEAL Team Six, of revealing classified information but does fault him for failing to go through the appropriate clearing process. It also says that he similarly failed to get approval for a series of slides that he used in a leadership presentation.
Bissonnette's lawyer, Robert Luskin, told CNN
in January that a government investigation into improper disclosure of classified information by Bissonnette "was closed in August 2015 with a declination."
He did not return a request for comment about the latest settlement.
Bissonnette in a 2014 interview with The Daily Beast
said it was a mistake to not seek the pre-publication security review and blamed the misstep on bad legal advice he had received, adding that he was pursuing legal action against the lawyer who had advised him.
"After the initial accusations of me leaking all that classified stuff ... they found nothing," Bissonnette told The Daily Beast
in a story Friday. "They were just upset with me and wanted to get me one way or another. For four years, they looked into every little thing. Now ... one signature and it all goes away."
The Daily Beast reported the settlement, including legal fees, totals over $7 million.