Navy SEAL: Bin Laden 'Died Afraid'

Robert O'Neill says he doesn't care if people don't believe his story
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2014 10:39 AM CST
In this photo taken Dec. 20, 2013, Robert O’Neill a former Navy Seal team member, poses for a photo in Butte, Montana.   (AP Photo/The Montana Standard, Walter Hinick)

(Newser) – The former Navy SEAL who may or may not have fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden tells CNN that the al-Qaeda leader "died afraid." Robert O'Neill, who was part of the Navy SEAL Team 6 that stormed bin Laden's compound, says he relayed that fact to relatives of 9/11 victims, and they were happy to hear it. "He died afraid, and he knew we were there to kill him. And that's closure." He also says he doesn't care if people don't believe his version of events. "The most important thing that I've learned in the last two years is to me it doesn't matter anymore if I am 'The Shooter.' The team got him."

He adds this: "You only know what you were told unless you were in the room. And unfortunately for me, there was two people in the room, and one of us is dead and that's Osama bin Laden." The 38-year-old will be the subject of a Fox News documentary that airs Tuesday.

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