Bin Laden’s Shooter Goes Public, But Fellow SEALs Dispute His Story

November 7, 2014 8:26 AM

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Bin Laden’s Shooter Goes Public, But Fellow SEALs Dispute His Story

It's pretty obvious why Navy SEALs aren't supposed to talk about their work, but now we know one secondary reason that does not involve being targeted by evildoers out for revenge. For the past three years, the man who killed Osama bin Laden has been known only as an anonymous member of the Navy's SEAL Team Six. This week Fox News announced they would identify the shooter, and the Daily Mail beat them to it, naming retired SEAL Robert O'Neill. On Thursday night O'Neill confirmed the report in an interview with the Washington Post, but the mystery is far from over. Within hours several SEALs were publicly squabbling about who actually fired the shot that killed the world's most notorious terrorist.

O'Neill told the Post that despite concerns about his privacy, he was thinking about going public because his name had spread throughout the military community and Capitol Hill, and he believed he would eventually be outed. What made up his mind was a meeting over the summer with relatives of the vi...

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