Navy Seal gives interview on Bin Laden book No Easy Day

Copies of a book by former Navy SEAL titled "No Easy Day" are seen on display at a bookstore in Washington, DC The book has shot to the top of US bestseller lists

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The first interview has been aired with a former US special forces member who wrote a first-hand account of the May 2011 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

The Navy Seal, who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, was interviewed by the US television network CBS.

Mr Owen repeated his claim that Bin Laden was shot as soon as he looked out of his bedroom, contrary to the official version of events.

The Pentagon has said it may sue Mr Owen for divulging military secrets.

In the interview, Mr Owen - who has been identified by US media as Matt Bissonnette - defended what he said was the manner of Bin Laden's death.

"If a guy sticks his head around the corner he very easily could have a gun," he told CBS' 60 Minutes programme.

"You don't wait to get that AK or the grenade thrown down the hall or the suicide vest," he added.

He said that Bin Laden was still moving after the first shot and was shot again when the Seals entered the room.

"[The Seals] couldn't see his hands. So, he could've had something. Could've had a hand grenade or something underneath his chest," Mr Owen said.

The compound in Abbottabad in north-west Pakistan where Bin Laden was shot dead Mr Owen's book contradicts the official version of Bin Laden's death at a compound in north-west Pakistan

US officials had stated he was shot only after he had ducked back into the bedroom, prompting fears he might be grabbing a weapon.

'Improper disclosure'

Mr Owen told of a later meeting with President Obama at which the Navy Seals refused to tell him which of them had shot Bin Laden.

"Pulling a trigger is easy.... It's not about who that one person was, it's about the team... that teed this whole thing up," Mr Owen said.

"Who cares who the one person is. Doesn't matter," he added.

The book was not reviewed ahead of publication by the Pentagon, CIA or the White House - and officials had warned that criminal charges could result from the improper disclosure of secret information.

The Pentagon's general counsel, Jeh Johnson, has written to the author to inform him that "in the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed."

The Pentagon is considering "all remedies legally available to us", the letter added.


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    Comment number 239.

    The question I would ask is "Who has the most to gain from a global war on terror and why?"
    At last a comment speaking the truth not just the propaganda spilled out by the MSM.
    The truth is out there, people just need to look. As for Al Quaeda that was a name used by the CIA which translated means database. Al Quaeda were the forces armed by the US against Russia in the 80's

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    Comment number 238.

    Double bluff

    The US government ( and every other government..) knows Bin Laden died in 2002 of kidney failure.
    Even the Guardian reported it.

    The bbc knows it too, why spin this propaganda? Who's benefits?

  • Comment number 237.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 236.

    Its is obvious that the US made a mess of this operation. They went in to capture Bin Laden and ended up killing him, we see this in a lot of similar US operations. Capturing him alive would have been the best outcome not only for the propaganda factor, but for intelligence, but they cocked it up. That is what they are trying to hide.

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    Comment number 235.

    The most anguishing thing about 9/11 was that the poeple who carried it out died at the same time as the victims. Very frustrating, but Bin Laden became a James Bond style villain to focus on for the US after Saddam was killed. BL was long past his time of any influence or power- that brand of 9/11 terrorism has been in huge decline. They shot an old guy in a hut for the feel good factior

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    Comment number 234.

    Matt knew he had to have his book reviewed. They should be able to charge the publisher too - send a message to other publishers. Reactivate Matt to active duty (assign him to Greenland or Antarctica) and try him in a closed military court, so that those secrets he revealed are not debated in open court. Send him to Levenworth to use a sledge hammer to make big rocks into small rocks.

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    Comment number 233.

    Mark Owen really has brought shame on the whole business of extra-judicial murder and assassination.

    How can we possibly respect people who shoot unarmed suspects and dump their bodies at sea when they try to make money out of it?

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    Comment number 232.

    "That is what stops people the certain knowledge that no matter where they are they will be got."
    This is sadly untrue as 9/11 and so many other bombers were suicides.
    What is needed is to convince them that they are dying for a false ideology and false leaders operating within a defective system.

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    Comment number 231.

    britainsnotpleased @227 are you barking mad? Bin Laden was the influence and motivation for almost every muslim atrocity carried out in the name of Allah, throughout the 20 years prior to his death. He, and others like him have to be exterminated wherever they are to try and preserve World Peace. The U.K. should take a leaf out of the U.S. and Israel's book. Hunt the enemy down and exterminate it.

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    Comment number 230.

    It's my opinion that this Seal disrespected all Seals, and his Country, by using this event to try to become a celebrity. He went from a highly honored Seal team member, to a cheap reality TV "star."

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    Comment number 229.

    "225.Trout Mask Replica

    You're making the mistake of prejudging the events when you have nothing else to go on but the public reports. Could well have been self defence but individuals recall detail differently"

    I'm not debating what did or didn't happen. You asked "why would the US lie about it" and I'm suggesting that the official version has to avoid openly admitting assassination.

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    Comment number 228.

    179. Snudge

    Whats the difference between the Obama and Bin Laden?

    Good grief.

  • Comment number 227.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 226.

    Seriously who cares a man who encouraged violence and terrorism all over the World got his. Instead of bleating about it the Americans should be applauding it. When Thatcher was accused of operating a shoot to kill policy, instead of denying she should have said yes we are so what. That is what stops people the certain knowledge that no matter where they are they will be got.

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    Comment number 225.

    "Ex Tory Voter
    I meant to allude to the political angle. not who's telling tales. The US cannot admit it assassinated Bin Laden (though obviously it did), so it has to imply self-defence, whether true or not."

    You're making the mistake of prejudging the events when you have nothing else to go on but the public reports. Could well have been self defence but individuals recall detail differently

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    Comment number 224.

    The US is currently refusing to extradite to Bolivia, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, the former president who is charged with genocide ( )

    If Bolivia were to follow the example set by the US in 2001 when the Taliban refused to extradite, without evidence, bin Laden, they would immediately starting bombing the US.

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    Comment number 223.

    I'd happily buy Mr Owen a drink.

    bin Laden badly needed killing.

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    Comment number 222.

    Bin Laden was killed. How he died is not relevant. A nasty evil twisted character responsible for many thousands of deaths who gives religion a bad name.
    However, sometimes it is necessary to bend the truth about what happened to protect the innocent public from attacks from other twisted people.
    All this Mark Owen person is interested in is his 15 minutes on the telly & stuff the consequences

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    Comment number 221.

    I think it was the Bush/Blair WoMD that blew (trash) Bin Ladan to hell and it had nothing to do with the seals at all! Between the US and British governments there is no such thing as 'The Truth'! The sooner the people realise that the better.As for this book it might as well be called 'Yet another Cooked Book'!

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    Comment number 220.

    If Bin Laden really carried out 9/11. Why were a Mossad surveillance team caught filming the attacks in Liberty State Park in New Jersey and seen by several witnesses high fiving each other when the planes hit? Governments are corrupt to the core and they will do absolutely anything to implement change. The question I would ask is "Who has the most to gain from a global war on terror and why?"


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