Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden could face criminal charges for Fox interview

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Despite objections from the Pentagon, Fox News Channel plans to air a two-day documentary next week featuring an interview with the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden.

The move could result in criminal charges for the SEAL, called “The Shooter” by Fox News, Business Insider reported.

A Defense Department spokeswoman told Business Insider the SEAL is “still bound by his non-disclosure agreement to not discuss classified information, especially in a nationally televised interview.”

“As a private citizen, former or retired service members are free to speak with the media and exercise their First Amendment rights,” Navy Commander Amy Derrick-Frost told the publication. “However, it is important for all former service members to adhere to their signed non-disclosure agreements when they seek to openly discuss classified or sensitive information, or make claims about their active-duty operations or accomplishments.”

The documentary, “The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden,” is scheduled to air Nov. 11-12.

“Revealing his identity and speaking out publicly for the first time, the Navy SEAL, also known as ‘The Shooter,’ will share his story of training to be a member of America’s elite fighting force and explain his involvement in Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that killed bin Laden,” Fox News said in a news release.

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a book on the bin Laden raid, is under investigation by the Justice Department to determine if he leaked classified material, Business Insider reported.

The movie, “Zero Dark Thirty,” portrayed how the Navy SEAL raid went down, but it did not disclose the participants’ identities.

Derrick-Frost appealed to the SEALs’ honor to keep it that way.

“We urge any former SEAL to abide by the SEAL Ethos, particularly the core tenant, ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions,'” she said.

Besides, we all know that President Barack Obama killed bin Laden. Right?

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