11 Sep 2012

Bin Laden raid author recounts details on TV

3:29 pm on 11 September 2012

A former United States commando who wrote a book about his part in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan last year has given his first interview.

The Navy Seal, who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, was interviewed on US television on Monday.

Owen repeated his claim that the al-Qaeda leader was shot as soon as he looked out of his bedroom, contrary to the official version of events.

He said that Bin Laden was still moving after the first shot and was shot again when the Seals entered the room.

US officials previously stated he was shot only after he had ducked back into the bedroom, prompting fears he might be grabbing a weapon.

The Pentagon has said it may sue the author for divulging military secrets.

The BBC reports Owen also told of a meeting at which the Navy Seals refused to tell President Barack Obama which of them had shot Bin Laden.

"Pulling a trigger is easy... It's not about who that one person was, it's about the team... that teed this whole thing up," he said.

"Who cares who the one person is. Doesn't matter," he added.

The book was not reviewed ahead of publication by the Pentagon, CIA or the White House.