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Bin Laden Shooter Confirms Identity Ahead of Interview

By    |   Thursday, 06 November 2014 02:49 PM

The SEAL Team Six member who reportedly shot Osama Bin Laden three times in the head has confirmed his identity, even as conflicting narratives continue to emerge over just what went down when the terror chief was taken out in May 2011 in a surprise raid by U.S. forces, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reports.

Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill, a 16-year military veteran who has since left the service, is set to step into the spotlight later this month when an interview with Fox News is aired, opening up further scrutiny of whether the unit's code of secrecy has been breached as new details emerge about the assault.

O'Neill's family does not seem concerned about security, especially from foreign terrorists, according to the Mail. "People are asking if we are worried that ISIS will come and get us because Rob is going public. I say I'll paint a big target on my front door and say come and get us," the SEAL's father, Tom O'Neill, said.

Meanwhile, another SEAL Team Six member, Matt Bissonnette, is set to publish a second book about the experience, NBC News reports, as "dueling narratives" emerge and divide the elite team, whose members have been lauded for their heroism.

The public stories, noted NBC "are a sign of the backbiting and dysfunction that has roiled a once tight-knit band of warriors as former members violate their code of secrecy in search of the spotlight."

Bissonnette says he does not deserve criticism as "everybody and their brother" have been openly discussing details of the mission, NBC noted.

"Two different people telling two different stories for two different reasons," Bissonnette told NBC News as he promotes his latest book, "No Hero."

The book is written under the pen name "Mark Owen."

He added of O'Neill's account: "Whatever he says, he says. I don’t want to touch that."

Bissonnette's first book, "No Easy Day," also written under the same pseudonym, has drawn fire from the Pentagon and opened up a Justice Department investigation, the Christian Science Monitor reported. He has since filed a lawsuit against his attorney, claiming he was advised that it was OK for him to publish his account. He has been forced to surrender about $8 million in profits to the U.S. government.

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The SEAL Team Six member who reportedly shot Osama Bin Laden three times in the head has confirmed his identity, even as conflicting narratives continue to emerge over just what went down when the terror chief was taken out in May 2011.
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