Robert O’Neill – the former Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama Bin Laden delivered a speech in Tennessee on Thursday night. Robert O’Neill did not mention the report in the Washington Post where he says he fired the fatal shots at the al Qaida leader. (Nov. 7)
O’Neill’s move to go public is a controversial one, as it violates an unspoken military rule: Don’t seek attention for your service.
The 38-year-old Montanan also said that other SEAL team members were involved in the raid, including Matt Bissonnette, who detailed the group’s experiences in his memoir, “No Easy Day.”
O’Neill, who had been serving as a SEAL for 15 years at the time of the bin Laden raid, had participated in other missions before — but he said he feared this mission would be his most difficult.
He said it was clear that Bin Laden had been killed and not merely injured from his shot when he fell to the floor with a split skull. Before he was shot, bin Laden “had his hands on a woman’s shoulders pushing her ahead,” O’Neill recounts, likely to deflect the attack.
CNN’s Barbara Starr confirmed from a U.S. official that O’Neill was on the raid. Two Special Operations sources confirmed to CNN’s National Security analyst Peter Bergen that O’Neill was one of the shooters in bin Laden’s room — but others in the military community have wondered whether he can claim to kill bin Laden since there were at least two others in the room who fired weapons.
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