Navy Seal who killed Osama Bin Laden broke his silence recounting the night he shot the Al Qaida leader three times and the financial anxiety he now faces as an unemployed civilian.
The commando kept his identity secret in the Esquire magazine interview, but revealed his role in the daring May 2011 raid for the first time, as well as the worries he has for his family’s security.
“He looked confused. And way taller than I was expecting,” Seal said of Bin Laden.
When the commandos came upon Bin Laden in the dark on the third floor of his hideout in the town of Abbottabad in Pakistan, the Al Qaida mastermind had his hands on his youngest wife’s shoulders, “pushing her ahead” and there was an AK-47 assault rifle nearby.
Soldiers and spies, whether retired or not, are required to submit manuscripts to the Pentagon for review to ensure no sensitive information is published. But the Esquire piece was not submitted to the department for vetting beforehand, a US defence official said.
The Defence Department is now looking at the article to check if any classified material was divulged, the official said on condition of anonymity. (AFP)