Former US Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill has confirmed that he was the one who shot and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden during a raid in Pakistan in 2011, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
O’Neill, who is now a motivational speaker after quitting the elite service, said he decided to come forward after telling his story to the families of the 9/11 victims during a private ceremony at the World Trade Center site this year.
“The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” O’Neill was quoted as saying.
In an interview with the Post, O’Neill confirmed that he is the person participating in a Fox News documentary about Bin Laden’s death that is scheduled to air next week.
Fox News announced plans to air on Nov. 11-12 a two-part documentary called “The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden”. It said the broadcast will include an interview with the Navy SEAL who fired the fatal shot during the 2011 raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
Bin Laden was killed in a secret US mission in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city on May 2, 2011.
After the network’s announcement, Pentagon officials warned that any SEAL who participated in the operation was “still bound” by military non-disclosure agreements and could face criminal prosecution if the rules were breached.
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