Don't blow SEALs' cover, Pentagon asks media

Responding to safety concerns from the elite troops who killed Osama bin Laden, the Pentagon asked media outlets on Friday not to report their identities if the names somehow leak out.

Defense Department officials fear that the Navy SEALs and other special operations personnel who conducted the raid, as well as family members, could become targets of al-Qaida members or sympathizers seeking payback for the mission in Pakistan.

“There has been such interest in this story, and a lot of probing into details regarding this operation, that there would be concern that someone might reveal the identities of people who were involved,” said Pentagon spokesmen Col. David Lapan.



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