Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill claims that he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden. His account of the Abbottabad raid has triggered intense outrage and it is being disputed by some of his comrades in SEAL Team Six.
Robert O'Neill spoke to The Lead's Jake Tapper today, detailing his version of the raid and he addressed the backlash that came after going public with his story.
John Berman looked at the interview and discussed it with Jake, along with former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.
Robert O'Neill also responded to criticism from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Secretary Panetta did not mince words on the issue, saying that SEALs are bound by their promise not to reveal details about sensitive operations without clearance from the Pentagon. Secretary Panetta went on to say breaking that promise compromises the military's ability to go after America's enemies.
For the first time, we are hearing the former Navy SEAL who claims that he shot and killed Osama bin Laden describe the deadly raid.
Rob O'Neill first shared his story with Esquire Magazine three years ago without publicly revealing his identity. Three days ago, a special forces-oriented web site published his name, just before he was expected to go public in a TV documentary.
For more than a year, O'Neill has been speaking with freelance journalist Alex Quade. She shared her interview tapes exclusively with AC360.
There are serious questions about O'Neill's account of the raid and his decision to break the SEAL's code of silence. Anderson took a closer look at the O'Neill interview with Alex Quade, former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.
There is word that another member of SEAL Team Six is preparing to step forward to claim credit for firing the fatal shot that killed Osama bin Laden. CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen looks at the possible repercussions of a move like this.
The Pentagon says the al Qaeda offshoot group called Khorasan was planning an imminent attack on European or American soil. But did the airstrikes inside Syria derail their plot? Anderson spoke with CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen who was in a background briefing today and said it was possible Khorasan's plans were interrupted, but officials were unable to give definitive proof.
Iraqi forces have done little to slow ISIS' march toward Baghdad. Anderson spoke with The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins about the state of Iraq's military and America's role in creating the current government they are supposed to protect.
Peter Bergen explains to Anderson how "there is no longer a border between Syria and Iraq" because of ISIS.
U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end at the end of the year. Now, President Obama is laying out his plan to leave nearly 10,000 troops there through 2015. That is contingent on the new Afghan government signing off on a security agreement. Even if this plan does win approval, President Obama admits Afghanistan "will not be a perfect place." National security analyst Peter Bergen has the latest.
The words are appalling, and they are sparking outrage around the world. A man who says he is a leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram is threatening to sell some 200 young Nigerian girls taken at gunpoint from their school. The U.S. State Department says the video appears to be legitimate. There is a worldwide campaign going on right now that’s working to secure their freedom. How did their ordeal begin? What if anything can be done to help them now? Vlad Duthiers reports from Nigeria.
Anderson discussed this tragic situation with Vlad Duthiers and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.
A video that was recently posted on a jihadist web site shows an al Qaeda leader telling at least 100 followers that he wants them to attack the United States. It was shot in Yemen and it is raising serious questions about what the U.S. really knows about al Qaeda's operations. Barbara Starr has the latest.
Anderson discussed this with national security analyst Peter Bergen.
The top U.S. intelligence chief says al Qaeda has morphed into at least five factions in a dozen countries. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also warned that one of the groups has set up training camps in Syria to plan attacks on the United States. Anderson discussed all of this with National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.
We are learning more about the intercepted al Qaeda messages that triggered the closure of 19 U.S. Embassies around the world, and a string of drone attacks. Intelligence sources tell CNN, American code breakers recognized words they believed signaled an attack was imminent. Anderson discussed this latest information with national security analysts Fran Townsend and Peter Bergen and former senior CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd.
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