A different era, a different SEAL

In 1992, Mike Wallace investigated Red Cell, a team of Navy SEALs tasked with exposing military security lapses. Why was its leader, a founding member of SEAL Team 6, prosecuted?

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The retired Navy SEAL who wrote the book "No Easy Day," a first-hand account of the killing of Osama bin Laden, wasn't the first SEAL tell his story on 60 Minutes.


Back in 1990, one of the founding members of SEAL Team 6 was sentenced to prison for his role in a mission that exposed security lapses at sensitive military installations. That Navy captain, Richard Marcinko, spoke to Mike Wallace in 1992 for a 60 Minutes investigation of Red Cell, the group of "terrorists" led by Marcinko that captured a U.S. nuclear submarine, kidnapped U.S. admirals, and even targeted Air Force One.

As you'll see in the report above, Marcinko maintained that he was singled out for prosecution because he embarrassed Navy officials, despite the harsh tactics he and his team employed.