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SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden: 9/11 Families Needed to Hear My Story

By    |   Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:29 AM

The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden says he knows he has angered the SEAL community by going public with his story, but said he did it only to give closure to the families of the people who died on 9/11.

In the second part of Fox News Channel's interview with Robert O'Neill that aired Wednesday night, the former SEAL Team 6 member said that a meeting with 9/11 families convinced him to go public.

O'Neill spent most of the interview describing the mission that led him to bin Laden's compound, and ultimately to fire three shots into the al-Qaida leader's head.

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"I was standing above him when he took his last breath, and I heard it audibly," O'Neill said.

They put bin Laden's body in one helicopter and DNA evidence in another in case something happened to the helicopter with his body in it.

Both O'Neill and fellow Seal Team 6 member Matt Bissonnette have been shunned by the military for talking about their roles in the mission.

Bissonnette is being investigated for reportedly revealing classified information in his book, "No Easy Day," written under the pen name Mark Owen. O'Neill, who previously told his story to Esquire magazine without revealing his name, is not under investigation.

Both O'Neill and Bissonnette claim to be the second man up the stairs to bin Laden's bedroom. O'Neill says bin Laden was standing behind one of his wives and he shot him twice. After bin Laden fell, he shot him one more time in the face. Bissonnette says that he saw bin Laden already lying on the floor and shot him several times in the body.

O'Neill said Bissonnette likely is basing his memory on what was told to the group in a debriefing.

Former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam and Concerned Veterans for America CEO Pete Hegseth both appeared on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File" Wednesday, saying blame for the leaking of the mission goes all the way to the White House and they don't hold O'Neill as responsible. They noted Vice President Joe Biden leaked information on the mission shortly after bin Laden was killed.

O'Neill told Fox News in the special that he doesn't believe he's saying anything that hasn't already been said.

The special shows video shot of him by Fox News when he donated the shirt he was wearing during the raid to the 9/11 Museum in New York.

O'Neill said he only wanted the event documented for history and never intended it to be aired. But after he was introduced to 9/11 families that day, he saw that telling them the story had given them closure and he wanted the thousands of other families to feel the same.

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