U.S Navy Seal Robert O’Neill Signed Osama Bin Laden Newspaper cover photo Inscribed “Never Quit” (PSA COA)
Robert J. O’Neill fired the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011, during the greatest terrorist manhunt in the history of the world.
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Killing Osama bin Laden
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In an anonymous February 2013 interview, O’Neill told Esquire that he had killed Osama bin Laden during Operation Neptune Spear. In late 2014, in the run-up to credited Fox News and Washington Post stories on the same topic, O’Neill’s name was leaked by other former special forces personnel who were protesting his violation of “a code of silence that forbids them from publicly taking credit for their actions.” O’Neill claimed that he and another unnamed member of SEAL Team Six cornered bin Laden, and that after the other SEAL fired and missed, O’Neill killed the terrorist leader with shots to the head. In contrast, fellow SEAL Matt Bissonnette claims in No Easy Day that the unnamed sailor actually fired the killing shots.
As of August 2020, the federal government of the United States had neither confirmed nor denied O’Neill’s claims, though Rear Admiral Brian L. Losey and Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci did encourage all SEALs to abide by their code of silence, saying, “At Naval Special Warfare’s core is the SEAL ethos […] A critical tenant [sic] of our ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.’ Our ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the service. Violators of our ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare.”
Of his decision to lay claim to killing bin Laden, O’Neill told CBS News that “I think it’s a difficult secret to keep, […] Everyone was proud. I think it was apparent that we had done it.” In 2015, O’Neill and his family were allegedly threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In 2017, he published a book with Simon & Schuster (The Operator, ISBN 9781501145032) about his childhood, joining the SEALs, Naval counter-terrorism, and Operation Neptune Spear.
On October 14, 2020, US President Donald Trump re-tweeted an unfounded conspiracy theory that suggested Osama bin Laden was still alive and a body double was shot. O’Neill responded with a series of tweets, including “It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President.” That same month, CNN published an interview with retired Admiral William H. McRaven; the former flag officer who oversaw Neptune Spear responded to the claims mentioning that “Rob O’Neill, the SEAL that, in fact, shot bin Laden”.
After separating from the US Navy, O’Neill began working as a motivational speaker. In 2015, he became a contributor to the cable news channel Fox News.