WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) — Former Navy SEAL Mark Owen says SEALs raiding Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout last year shot him dead instead of capturing him because his arms were hidden and may have been holding weapons.
Appearing Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Owen — which is the man’s pen name — says one SEAL fired after seeing a man’s head poking into a hallway. Owen says he and another SEAL shot bin Laden again after finding him on his bedroom floor with a bullet in his skull, because bin Laden’s hands were hidden.
That’s more detail than was included in “No Easy Day,” the newly released book Owen wrote under intense scrutiny from the government and his fellow SEALs.
Pentagon officials say bin Laden was only shot after fleeing into his bedroom, and have threatened legal action against Owen for possible releases of classified information.
Owen gave the “60 Minutes” interview in disguise. In the early part of the sit-down, Scott Pelley explains that the man on camera has undergone four hours of makeup to alter his appearance and his voice has been changed.
You can watch the four parts of the interview below:
TheBlaze has decided not to publish Owen’s real identity.