“We are currently working together with Gen. (Ret) McChrystal within the security review process,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said in an email to The Hill.
McChrystal was the U.S. commander in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, but he resigned after making disparaging comments about Obama administration officials in a Rolling Stone article.
Will Weisser, a spokesman for the publisher Portfolio, said in a statement that the book continues to undergo a Department of Defense security review and the Nov. 12 release date has been pushed back.
“General McChrystal has spent 22 months working closely with military officials to make sure he follows all the rules for writing about the armed forces, including special operations,” Weisser said.
“The clearance process has been detailed and time consuming. General McChrystal was extremely careful not to include information that would endanger any military personnel or their mission, and he's confident the book does not do so. Even so, he remains committed to securing official clearance from DOD,” he said.
McChrystal’s unlikely timing may have contributed to the delay.
The Defense Department had to deal with the fallout last month from retired Navy SEAL Mark Bissonnette's book, which the Pentagon did not have the chance to vet before it was released. In “No Easy Day,” Bissonnette gives a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
The Pentagon says that Bissonnette disclosed sensitive and classified material and has threatened legal action against him for violating a non-disclosure agreement.