New versions of events contradict a Navy SEAL who initially said he pulled the trigger.
Esquire magazine published a long interview in February with a man identified only as “the shooter” who said he had shot the Al-Qaeda leader twice in the head on the night of the May 1, 2011 raid on his Pakistan hideout.
The commando said he had been alone when he entered bin Laden’s third floor room in his Abbottabad hideout.
But CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen, an Al-Qaeda expert, dismissed that account as completely false.
A SEAL Team 6 member interviewed by Bergen told him three SEALs out of the 23-strong team were the first to make it to the top floor of the compound, including “the shooter” and “the point man.”
…Other members of the SEAL team 6 are said to have been angered by the Esquire article and are now in “serious lockdown” when it comes to “talking to anybody” about the raid.
And “the shooter” has reportedly been thrown off the team because he was “bragging about his role in the raid in bars around Virginia Beach, Virginia,” where the SEAL team is based, Bergen added.