“Operation Dark Heart” could be the fastest selling book off the shelves this Fall, but it’s likely that you will never see a copy. The Government is planning to buy up the complete first run of “Operation Dark Heart” before anyone gets a chance to read it.
“Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan” was written by Anthony Shaffer, who worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and was set to be released on August 31st. According to the Washington Post, 10,000 copies have already been published, but so far, they haven’t reached bookshelves.
The New York Times reports that the Department of Defense believes that the book reveals government secrets, and plans to buy all 10,000 copies of the book so that they can be destroyed.
The issue that the Department of Defense has with “Operation Dark Heart,” is apparently the names that are used in the book. The book is currently going under a security review. If it is decided that the book compromises the war effort, it will likely be purchased and destroyed. If that is the case, a second printing will follow with the “sensitive” information removed.
The Washington Post reports that the government and the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, are trying to agree on appropriate content for a second printing of the book.
St Martin’s Press say that “Operation Dark Heart” has a new release date of September 24th.