CNN.com offers a piece by Peter Bergen that disputes the account of "the Shooter," the former Navy Seal who was interviewed by Esquire and claimed he shot bin Laden.
The Shooter went on to complain that after leaving the Navy he had no health benefits or pension.
As nearly all veterans like myself are aware, one has to put in 20 years in the military to receive continuing health benefits and a pension. I find it hard to believe that the Shooter was unaware of this fact.
Now other parts of his story are being questioned, including the claim that the Shooter was in fact the Navy SEAL who shot and killed bin Laden.
Peter Bergen says he interviewed another Navy SEAL who participated in the bin Laden. His story matches the former Navy SEAL who wrote an account of the bin Laden raid in No Easy Day.
In February, Esquire magazine published a lengthy profile of "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden." The story did not identify the killer by his real name, referring to him only as "the Shooter."
The Shooter told Esquire that the night bin Laden was killed he had encountered al Qaeda's leader face-to-face in the top-floor bedroom of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden had been hiding for more than five years.
The Shooter explained that when he found bin Laden in his bedroom the al Qaeda leader was standing up and had a gun "within reach" and it was only then that the Shooter fired the two shots into bin Laden's forehead that killed him. That account was in conflict with the account from another raid participant in a wildly successful book "No Easy Day."
Now, another member of the secretive SEAL Team 6, which executed the bin Laden raid, tells CNN the story of the Shooter as presented in Esquire is false. According to this serving SEAL Team 6 operator, the story is "complete B-S."
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