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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 319.

    The former Seal may have plenty of time to repent at leisure...

    Mabye he has a shack in deep South or somesuch place, but I don`t think it was terribly wise to sell his story...Surely revenge is uppermost in Ladens acolytes..

    He can hardly go on the party circuit..

    I don`t know his motives properly tho, must be said..

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    Comment number 318.

    Divulging military secrets, giving terrorists vital information are unpardonable; Keeping the country safe and secure should be the first priority. Navy seals wanting to cash in on intelligence information especially on highly classified missions should be dismissed, reprimanded, and be given stiff punishments. Their loyalty should be total. Their secrecy pledge is sacrosanct and irreversible.

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    Comment number 317.

    Now that the nasty Bin Ladin is dead and the globalists have killed off their main bogyman character, I shudder to think what diabolical false flag stunt they have lined up for us next time?

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    Comment number 316.

    226.rockandhardplace
    so how comne you are not complaining about all the innocent untill proven guilty america and britain are illegally holding without any chance of any sort of a trial let alone a fair one. But for fools like you its ok for teh west to murder 1M innocent qwomen and children isnt it.
    America terroist who should be hunted down like bush and blair

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    Comment number 315.

    BinLaden was a monster. Letting him live and face trial would have been a farce, like the Norwegian mass murderer a trial would have been used to further his own self delusions of grandiose importance
    He is exactly where he belongs and the heroes who participated in the mission that ended this chapter in American History have my gratitude
    The minute differences of interpretation mean ziltch

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    Comment number 314.

    304.
    jackinthegreen

    Well l they did it to the Americans didnt they. The took passenger planes turned them into what are essentially cruise missiles and rammed them into building. A slight tinge of irony considering the Americans use the drones to turn anywhere the any is into a battlefield.

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    Comment number 313.

    it does not matter if he resisting bin laden only brought evil and murder to this world and hiding behind islam . when you play with the big kids expert to be hurt ... Who cares how he was killed

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    Comment number 312.

    290.sindexter
    The only evidence ever presented that Bin Laden had anything to do with 911 was the video of him saying he did it , which isn't even him. The Lazness of most sheeple to not read up about the biggest false flag attack of our time is shocking.

    ==
    But I bet you forgot that bin laden had tried to blow up the twin towers in 1998.

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    Comment number 310.

    303.Dave1506
    298.ProdribsSharpstick
    Word limit prevented me from saying "collective desire by ordinary people ON BOTH SIDES.."
    As the Khazi is now sitting down with the Taliban who say they are splitting from Al-Q, perhaps we are near the 'McGuinness moment' on this one?
    Perhaps that is why BL had to go?

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    Comment number 306.

    Despite being evil and responsible for thousands of deaths, I'm not sure Bin Laden should have been murdered - in my opinion it makes the US government sink to his level, whereas if they'd kept him alive they could have given him a trial, locked him up for the rest of his miserable life and devulged more intelligence to aid the war on terror. Something he would never have done himself

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    Comment number 304.

    296 "I am suggesting that we have to fight on a level playing field. Airy fairy notions of fairness have no place on a battlefield."

    Surely these two statements are absolutely contradictory?

    If "the enemy" in this 'war' got hold of drones and decided the UK was a battlefield, would they be justified in using them against our military stationed here? How about parliament?

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    Comment number 303.

    298.ProdribsSharpstick congratulations having missed the kings cross fire in 87 by a similar margin I know how you feel. Your suggested comparison was flawed in that the solution wasa brought about by Blair lying to one community with assurances and then saying it wasn't in the document, typical lawyer. Talking would be nice but then you need someone to talk to who do we have left?

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    Comment number 302.

    who cares how he died?
    they could have executed him in front of his family for all I care or when he was on the loo.
    Thank you America for getting rid of this religious lunatic that no one in the west will ever miss, if I could have done it myself I would have.

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    Comment number 301.

    "As the leader of a revolutionary movement against US imperialism, Bin Land has achieved things Castro and Ho Chi Mihn could only dream of.



    He kicked the bucket just like Andropov, Brezhnev, Ceausescu, Ho-Chi-Minh, Honecker. Mao, Mengistu, Pol Pot, Qaddafi, Saddam, Zarkawi.

    Shot like a mad dog. Is that an achievement one can dream of?

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    Comment number 300.

    295.The Bloke

    Certainly not when it came to the indiscriminate killing of thousands of civilians living in industrial cities......mass bombardment was never & should never be considered a reasonable use of force.......but the main thing that made the Nazis so evil was murdering millions of people for being Jewish, something we didn't do, then your arguement holds no weight at all.......

 

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