Pentagon says former SEAL's book contains inaccuracies
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 7, 2012
The head of U.S. Special Operations Command, Adm. William McRaven, has double-checked the actions of other SEALs involved in Osama bin Laden's death and concluded Matt Bissonnette's account is incorrect, CNN reported.
Bissonnette, a former member of SEAL Team Six, has written a book under the pen name Mark Owen titled "No Easy Day" whose account of the raid that led to bin Laden's death differs from the official version released by the White House.
According to CNN, McRaven's findings dispute Bissonnette's claim that bin Laden was lying on the floor when the SEALs entered his room, contradicting the official version that the al-Qaida leader was standing and posed a potential threat to the SEALs. After speaking to the other special operators present, McRaven concluded Bissonnette had entered the room a few moments after the lead SEAL and never saw bin Laden standing.
The Pentagon also took issue with Bissonnette's claim that the unit had attempted a rescue of Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only current U.S. POW from the war in Afghanistan.
"Several military officials have told CNN there was never sufficient intelligence about Bergdahl's location to mount a full rescue attempt although they conducted many searches inside Afghanistan," Barbara Starr reported.