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Owen Johnson Lt r

Owen Johnson Lt r

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Published by: John Hudson on Aug 31, 2012
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2550 M Street, NWWashington, DC 20037202-457-6000 ____________Facsimile 202-457-6315www.pattonboggs.com
 Abu Dhabi|Anchorage|Dallas|Denver |Doha|New Jersey|New York|Riyadh|Washington DC
 August 31, 2012
Robert D. Luskin202-457-6190rluskin@pattonboggs.com
Hon. Jeh Charles JohnsonGeneral CounselDepartment of Defense1600 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301Re: ‘Mark Owen’Dear Mr. Johnson We represent Mark Owen and write in response to your letter to him of  August 30, 2012, which asserts that Mr. Owen is in “material breach” of hisobligation not to disclose classified information.Mr. Owen takes seriously his obligations to the United States and to hisformer colleagues. They are as important to him as any mission he undertook  while on active duty. Mr. Owen sought legal advice about his responsibilitiesbefore agreeing to publish his book and scrupulously reviewed the work toensure that it did not disclose any material that would breach his agreements orput his former comrades at risk. He remains confident that he has faithfully fulfilled his duty. As you are well aware, the Classified Information Non-Disclosure Agreement, which you attached to your letter, invites, but by no means requiresMr. Owen to submit materials for pre-publication review. Although theSensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Statement does requirepre-publication security review under certain circumstances, that obligation isexpressly limited to specifically identified Special Access Programs. Thatagreement was executed in January 2007, and the Special Access Programs to

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