Website IDs the bin Laden 'Shooter'

Pentagon not happy with Navy SEAL, said to be same man appearing in Fox special
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2014 11:40 AM CST
This undated file photo shows al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – The Navy SEAL who says he's the one who killed Osama bin Laden was identified yesterday as Robert O'Neill by SOFREP, a website dedicated to military and special-ops news. O'Neill is said to be the same man referred to as "The Shooter" in a March 2013 Esquire article about the raid and who plans to reveal himself in an interview airing during a two-part Fox News special next week. Whether the interviewee turns out to be O'Neill or someone else, that person joins Matt Bissonnette on the government's persona non grata list for speaking publicly about the mission: A letter posted on SOFREP from Naval Special Warfare Command talks up the "quiet professionals" who typically make up SEAL teams, adding that "little individual credit" is ever given because of the "nature of our profession" and that one person shouldn't get all the credit and glory for an operation that took years to plan and execute.

Indeed, a Pentagon statement to Business Insider shows that the Defense Department is steaming about the supposedly broken SEAL "Ethos," which notes, "I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions." Although the statement stresses that "former or retired service members are free to ... exercise their First Amendment rights," it warns they're still bound by nondisclosure agreements and advises the "individual" set to appear on Fox to not blab about sensitive info. At least one person is calling out the NSWC: Former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam (also a Fox News commentator) penned an open letter that says, "Please explain to our community how sending an open letter to your 'Teammates' through the press, preaching about the quiet professional, was somehow the proper example to your fellow SEALs." (Bissonnette is now under criminal investigation.)

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