Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill has been identified as the man who actually fired the bullet that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, according to The Week. His identity was released after the leader of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command criticized his decision to appear on Fox, which plans to air its exclusive interview with O’Neill on November 11th and 12th.
“At Naval Special Warfare’s core is the SEAL ethos,” Rear Admiral Brian Losey and Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci wrote in a letter to Naval Special Warfare sailors on October 31st, as quoted by The Washington Times. “A critical tenant of our ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.’ Our ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the service. Violators of our ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare.”
O’Neill’s decision to speak out was reportedly prompted by him losing some of his military benefits by quitting the Navy SEALs after 16 years of service, rather than staying for a full two decades. The interview with Fox will tell of O’Neill’s relationship with the SEALs and will shed more light on the killing of Osama bin Laden, something which numerous people from across the globe have been wanting since his death was first announced.