A former Navy SEAL who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout last year said the al-Qaida leader was shot dead because his arms were hidden and he may have been holding weapons.
Appearing Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” the author of the recently released book, “No Easy Day,” said one SEAL fired after seeing a man's head poking into a hallway. He said 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 the book, written under the pseudonym Mark Owen.
CBS altered Owen’s appearance and voice for the broadcast.
The Navy SEAL's controversial account of the Bin Laden raid goes on sale today. NBC's Danielle Leigh reports.
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 denies claims of political motivation for the book.
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