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article imageNavy Seal who claims he killed him says Bin Laden 'died afraid'

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 9, 2014 in World
A former member of the Navy Seal team that raided Osama Bin Laden's compound in 2011 and who says that he shot Bin Laden, tells families of 9/11 victims the man "died afraid." Robert O'Neill said that he tells them that to help them get "closure."
"He died afraid," the 38-year-old O'Neill, from Montana, told CNN's AC360 in an audio interview on Friday. "And he knew we were there to kill him. And that's closure."
O'Neill, who says he is now a public speaker, said he came forward to identify himself as the shooter because his name has been put out there by others and because high-level officials have now talked about the raid. That, he told the Washington Post last week, makes it okay to break the code of silence members of his team are expected to keep.
“Once anyone says anything at that level, it’s not classified,” he said.
Other Navy Seals are not happy with O'Neill for going public, and some have put it out there that O'Neill, a member of the U.S. Navy for 17 years, retiring in 2012, was in fact not the shooter. O'Neill said it doesn't matter to him what people think.
Robert O'Neill: "I shot him two times"
In the May 2, 2011 raid on Bin Laden's compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, by 23 members of the Navy Seal team and an interpreter, O'Neill said he was the first to burst into the room Bin Laden was in. He claims Bin Laden went for a weapon in the corner of the room, holding one of his wives as a shield as he moved toward it.
“In that second I shot him, two times in the forehead,” O'Neill said. “Bap! Bap! The second time, as he is going down. He crumbled to the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again. I watched him take his last breaths."
When he speaks to groups he is not, he says, the first to bring it up, nor does he tell groups how he came upon his information. "When I’m out speaking, I never mention the bin Laden mission,” he said.
“But anytime anyone says, ’You know, my brother died at Cantor Fitzgerald (a bank which lost 658 employees on 9/11) or my mom’ one thing I tell them is, ’All right, Osama bin Laden died like a p–-. That’s all I’m telling you. Just so you know, he died afraid. And he knew that we were there to kill him.’ And that’s a closure.”
O'Neill decorated, went on 400 missions
Decorated some 52 times during his time in the Navy, he left a senior chief petty officer, having taken part in 400 missions. He told CNN that in reality the death of Bin Laden was a group effort and that he does not care what others thing of his claim to be the one to have fired the fatal shots.
“Even now there are guys saying that I am full of s–t," O'Neill told CNN. "But 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.”
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