By Justin Reis
The Department of defense purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army officer's memoir during his time in Afghanistan leading a black-ops team.
Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer's memoir titled "Operation Dark Heart" released information deemed hazardous to national security by the Department of Defense. The destruction of 9,500 copies of memoir took place on September 20, Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham told CNN.
"Someone buying 10,000 books to suppress a story in this digital age is ludicrous." Shaffer said in a report by CNN. St. Martin's Press, Shaffer's publisher, released a second printing which the government made some changes.
Single words, names and paragraphs were blackened out. In a memo received by CNN on August 6, Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess said the Defense Intelligence Agency had been trying to get a copy of the manuscript for two months.
The book had been reviewed and approved by Shaffer's military superiors prior to publication. According to Fox News, a source confirmed that the DoD has been in the process of budget cuts and spent over $47,000 to destroy the book.
Shaffer said the controversy with the Pentagon and his memoir couldn't have happened at a better time now that his book is number 2 on Amazon.com's best seller list.