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Pentagon Says Book's Account of Bin Laden Raid 'Inaccurate'

Pentagon officials are calling the recently released book that provides a firsthand account of raid that killed Osama bin Laden inaccurate.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/10/2012, 2:58 PM

cover of "No Easy Day"
cover of "No Easy Day"
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Pentagon officials are calling the recently released book that provides a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden inaccurate, after contacting other members of the SEAL team to re-confirm the details.

According to CNN, Adm. William McRaven, chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, contacted the SEAL members after the book titled, “No Easy Day” contradicted the Obama administration’s account of the raid.

The White House had said that bin Laden was armed and standing when Navy SEALs entered his room in his Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

The book, on the other hand, says bin Laden was shot by the “point man” when he poked his head out as SEALs went up the stairs. By the time the SEALs entered the room, bin Laden was on the ground, and the weapons in the room were empty.

Pentagon officials have concluded, however, that the book’s author, writing under the pseudonym “Mark Owen,” was wrong, telling CNN that bin Laden was in fact standing when they entered and posed a direct threat.

One official speculated that the author may not have seen bin Laden standing because he was a few seconds behind the lead SEAL.

“No Easy Day,” which was released this week and has already topped the Amazon bestseller list, has sparked such a great deal of controversial that the Pentagon general counsel has threatened legal action against its author, claiming that he broke his non-disclosure agreement and revealed “sensitive and classified information.”

The author’s attorney says, however, that the non-disclosure agreement did not cover the material in the book, and that the book does not disclose classified information.