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Tony Shaffer: Bin Laden Shooters ID'd 'Inappropriate'

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 04:59 PM

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer tells Newsmax that it is "completely inappropriate" the way the identities of those involved with the shooting of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden have been revealed.

"There's exactly three different versions out right now, so the question becomes who's the most wrong out of the three?" Shaffer, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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The identity of bin Laden's shooter, Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, was revealed by UK's Daily Mail and a special operations blog SOFrep.com as well as in an interview with The Washington Post Thursday, prior to an interview on Fox News scheduled to air Nov. 11 and 12.

"First off, Matt Bissonnette wrote the book, 'No Easy Day,' so he broke ranks first . . . and now we have someone else come and doing it, and then we have the third person who talked to CNN who gave another version of events," Shaffer explained.

"First off, a lot of this went off track when President [Barack] Obama personally took credit for this, and that was first off appalling," he contends.

"Then, second, it was very bad that [Vice President] Joe Biden then blew the cover of the unit, SEAL Team 6, which has obviously been in the news," he said.

Similar to the way the names of those involved with the atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II were declassified, "these three individuals whoever they were, should have been acknowledged for what they did and given the chance to go public in a controlled way," he added.

However, Shaffer tells Newsmax that "the way they've done it is completely inappropriate."

The former Army lieutenant colonel published a book titled "Operation Dark Heart" about special operations he was involved with in Afghanistan, which he says "was hugely controversial, but we tried to follow he rules."

"We tried to have it reviewed appropriately before it was released," he explained.

"We didn't see that here from these SEALs, and therefore it makes it very problematic that something bad is probably going to happen to them both legally and from the ranks of their own membership," he said.

However, he says that any such thing should be handled "behind the scenes."

Shaffer contends that "the more attention you bring to this, the worse it's going to get."

"With that said the public does deserve some accounting," he added. "The way this is happening is not the right way for the public to find out."

Shaffer also spoke on foreign issues.

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer tells Newsmax that it is "completely inappropriate" the way the identities of those involved with the shooting of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden have been revealed.
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