O'Neill told Esquire he shot Bin Laden twice in the head while he had a gun "within reach" but that conflicted with the account published in No Easy Day by a member of the team under a pseudonym, while CNN later quoted an anonymous Seal Team Six operator as saying "the shooter's" account was "complete BS".
As the broadcast date of the Fox News interviewed neared, the senior officer in the Navy Seals, Rear Admiral Brian L Losey, wrote a letter to all Seals reminding them that the ethos of the force was “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions".
O'Neill is thought to have gone public partly due to claims he was denied healthcare benefits as a result of serving 16 out of 20 years, but this has also been disputed.
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