In an unusual move, the Defense Intelligence Agency has entered negotiations with St. Martin’s Press to purchase all 10,000 copies of Operation Dark Heart, the controversial memoirs of former undercover operative Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer.
The move is unusual because the book had already been cleared for publication by the U.S. Army. Also, it only pertains to a section about a data-mining project, “Able Danger,” which the book alleges identified Mohammed Atta as a terrorist threat before 9/11.
However, the objections to the book’s publication don’t come from the Army. In a letter obtained by Fox News, Lt. General Richard Zahner says that upon review, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency found information classified as TOP SECRET in the manuscript, and have requested an immediate stay of publication.
Shaffer alleges that DIA is attempting to block the book because it reveals information left out of the 9/11 commission report. From FoxNews.com, “Dr. Philip Zelikow approached me in the corner of the room. ‘What you said today is very important. I need you to get in touch with me as soon as you return from your deployment here in Afghanistan’,” Shaffer said.