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The SEAL Team Six member who was named as the man who shot Osama bin Laden dead is facing a whispering campaign from other SEALs claiming that his account of the killing is not truthful.
MailOnline yesterday revealed that Rob O’Neill, a retired 16-year veteran of the elite squad is the man who says he shot bin Laden in the head to kill him.
His identity had been a closely-guarded secret but he is due to reveal his account in an interview with Fox News next week.
Today it became clear that other SEALs are about to accuse him of lying – although there is agreement that he was on the raid.
A SEAL source told MailOnline: ‘The real shooter would never discuss it publicly.
‘Members of SEAL Team Six haven’t discussed it publicly so there’s a reasonable chance he’s not being truthful.
‘There is no way O’Neill could really prove it was he who took the fatal shot on Osama bin Laden unless his comrades all attested to it.
‘But again, the code of secrecy with these special operators would preclude that.’
A second source told MailOnline that other SEALs were expected to speak out anonymously against O’Neill.
When a previous SEAL went public, the then head of U.S. Special Operations took the personal steps of asking members of SEAL Team Six whether that account was accurate.
CNN’s Pentagon reporter said that military officials concluded the account was inaccurate.
Although it is not known if a similar operation is planned by the military, a SEAL Team Six ‘operator’ spoke to CNN in March 2013 to contradict the version of events O’Neill had then given anonymously to Esquire magazine.