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New Bin Laden Raid Book Contradicts Official Story Of His Death
August 29, 2012
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There are new questions today about the death of Osama bin Laden. It's all because of an upcoming book, by a former U.S. Navy Seal who took part in the raid of bin Laden's compound.

The book - called No Easy Day - reportedly contradicts the official story by the U.S. government. The Associated Press says it got hold of an advance copy.

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According to AP, the book says bin Laden was shot dead as he looked out of his bedroom as U.S. forces rushed up the stairs. That's a different story than what U.S. officials have told.

They've said bin Laden wasn't shot until he had ducked back into his bedroom, because they assumed he might have been reaching for a weapon. The different stories raise questions about whether bin Laden was a clear threat when U.S. forces killed him, and whether the raid was designed to capture or just kill bin Laden.

The book was written under a pseudonym, Mark Owen. But the author's real name was revealed by Fox News - and confirmed by AP - as Matt Bissonnette. He says he was directly behind a "point man" going up the stairs. "Less than five steps" from the top of the stairs, he heard "suppressed" gunfire: "BOP. BOP."

Bissonnette says the Seals found bin Laden lying on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women crying over his body. He says the "point man" pulled the women away and he and the other Seals shot bin Laden several times, until his body stopped moving.

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He says the Seals later found two weapons by the door, that hadn't been used. The White House hasn't commented on the contradiction.

According to AP, the book also says that as bin Laden's body was flown to sea, one Seal sat on his chest in the crowded helicopter, which actually isn't that unusual. But it does seem to contradict the official story. U.S. officials have said bin Laden's body was treated with dignity.

Apparently, Bissonnette also writes none of the SEALs were fans of President Obama and that after the raid, one of them said they had just gotten Obama re-elected. But he also says they respected him as commander in chief and for giving the operation the go-ahead.

There's also controversy over whether the book should have even been written, let alone published. U.S. officials say the Pentagon is supposed to review the book, to make sure it doesn't reveal any secret information. But they say the publisher hasn't handed it over.

As one former Seal told the Daily Beast, "As soon as bin Laden was killed, it was known I was a member. I got three lucrative offers. I told them, 'What I know you would want to know, I am not going to let you know. When you leave the compound, you leave the secrets there.'"

Officials say if anything secret is revealed, they could lay criminal charges. The book is due to be released next Tuesday.

And if you want to know more about how the U.S. Navy Seals train, check out this story. It's from a former Seal who describes the start of Hell Week, the toughest part of their training. Many trainees who start don't make it through.

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