November 14th, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Examining former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill's interview about the Bin Laden raid

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.

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November 7th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill in his own words on the shooting of Osama bin Laden

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.

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen
March 12th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law captured

Peter Bergen and CBS News' John Miller analyze Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law's terrorism case.

Read more about Sulaiman Abu Ghaith

Read the indictment

Filed under: al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen • Terrorism
February 11th, 2013
10:10 PM ET

Reported Bin Laden Killer Speaks Out

Journalist Phil Bronstein interviewed the former SEAL who says he killed Bin Laden. He talks about the night of the raid and says the retired SEAL has no pension, no health care and no protection for his family.

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December 10th, 2012
11:44 PM ET

'Zero Dark Thirty' torture controversy

Editor's note: Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.

Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, a CIA analyst who in the film is the key player in finding Osama bin Laden, is reminiscent of Cate Blanchett in both looks and talent. The movie is beautifully filmed, and the propulsive score moves the action forward effectively.

Leaving aside its obvious merits as a film, how well does Zero Dark Thirty tell the complex tale of the decade-long hunt for bin Laden after 9/11? It's a valid question to ask since, after all, Bigelow told The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, "What we were attempting is almost a journalistic approach to film," and Boal told the Los Angeles Times, "I wanted to approach the story as a screenwriter but do the homework as a reporter."


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Filed under: Bob Baer • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen • Terrorism
June 2nd, 2012
09:25 AM ET

Congressman: U.S. should cut aid to Pakistan

Rep. Rohrabacher believes Pakistan was giving safe haven to Osama bin Laden and has proven to be an enemy to the U.S.

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May 23rd, 2012
09:51 PM ET

Man who helped find OBL lands jail time

A tribal court sentenced a Pakistani doctor to 33 years in jail for treason for helping the U.S. find Osama bin Laden.

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April 30th, 2012
11:36 PM ET

KTH: The politics of killing Osama bin Laden

President Obama and Mitt Romney have a war of words over the campaign rhetoric surrounding Osama bin Laden's death. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

Tonight on AC360: New Details on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
April 30th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: New Details on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

It's almost one year to the day al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was attacked and killed by a group of U.S. Navy SEALS at his secret compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. In his new book "MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden–from 9/11 to Abbottabad," author Peter Bergen reveals astonishing details about tracking the terrorist. Tonight, Anderson speaks with him about inside story, and what Bergen saw in bin Laden's compound before the Pakistani government destroyed it. Read an excerpt from his book and don't miss the interview on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.


IT WAS NOT UNTIL 2010 that the CIA had a series of significant breakthroughs regarding the Kuwaiti, the elusive courier. Earlier, with the help of a “third country” that officials won’t identify, the Agency had been able to tie him to his real name, Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed. Still, his whereabouts remained unknown.

Then, in June 2010, the Kuwaiti and his brother both made changes in the way they communicated on cell phones that suddenly opened up the possibility of the “geolocation” of their phones. Knowing this, the Agency painstakingly reviewed reams of “captured” phone conversations of the Kuwaiti’s family and circle of associates. FULL POST

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June 15th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Pakistan arrests several who helped CIA in bin Laden case

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Pakistan's intelligence agency has detained several people who gave information to the United States before it killed Osama bin Laden, officials in Pakistan said Wednesday.

The agency detained several people who cooperated with the CIA, a Pakistani official said; the official did not know the precise number. One rented a safe house to the CIA in Abbottabad, the Pakistani city where U.S. special forces killed bin Laden early May 2, a Pakistani source familiar with the arrests said Wednesday.

News of the arrests, first reported by The New York Times, is likely to further strain an already rocky relationship between the two countries.

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