Pentagon says new bin Laden raid book gets details wrong
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is dismissing an account of the Osama bin Laden raid contained in a new book by a former Navy SEAL.
Author and screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer says his still unreleased book, “Seal Target Geronimo,” is based on interviews of the elite SEAL team involved in the May 2 raid. The Pentagon said it could not confirm the participation of SEALs in Pfarrer’s reporting, but according to CNN, U.S. Special Operations Command has asked the troops whether they had been interviewed by the author. All claimed they had not, CNN reported.
Advance reviews of the book say it contradicts the Pentagon version of the story on numerous points, and depicts SEALs dropping onto the roof of the compound where Bin Laden lived in Pakistan, entering the Al-Qaida leader's bedroom and killing him within 90 seconds of the start of the operation.
“Those facts are incorrect,” Press Secretary George Little said at the Pentagon on Monday.
Little was CIA spokesman when then-CIA Director Leon Panetta oversaw the raid. Little said he hadn’t read the book, but what he has heard reported is wrong.
“One helicopter had a hard landing, and the other helicopter landed outside the compound on the ground,” Little said. “It took more than 90 seconds to break through the walls of the compound, and it took several minutes to find and to kill bin Laden.”