‘Operation Dark Heart’ Publication Stalled by Defense Department

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 10, 2010 Last Updated: September 12, 2010
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 (Thomas Dunne Books)

(Thomas Dunne Books)

Operation Dark Heart a memoir of Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who led covert missions in Afghanistan that targeted Taliban resurgents in Pakistan, has been stalled by the Department of Defense.

According to Lt. Col. Rene White of the Department of Defense (DoD), “Operation Dark Heart” was printed without being subjected to a mandatory “pre-publication information security review."

White said that the Department of Defense is working with Shaffer and his publisher to review and edit the memoirs, ensuring that the publication will not pose a threat to national security.

“While I do not agree with the edits in many ways, the DoD redactions enhance the reader’s understanding by drawing attention to the flawed results created by a disorganized and heavy handed military intelligence bureaucracy," Shaffer said, on his publisher’s website.

The Washington Post claims that the Defense Department plans to buy and destroy the entire first printing, “according to military and other sources". The New York Times reported this as well, citing “two people familiar with the dispute".

In response to the claims, DoD representative White said that it would be “inappropriate to speculate about what the Department would do until an agreement is reached."


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