This undated photo obtained November 7, 2014, courtesy of The Montana Standard and photgrapher Walter Hinick, http://www.mtstandard.com, shows former US Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill in Butte, Montana (AFP Photo)
The former Navy SEAL who says he killed Al-Qaeda mastermind, Osama Bin Laden, is now under investigation for possibly releasing classified information of the operation, the Navy said.
US Navy spokesman Ryan Perry said Robert O’Neill is under investigation for potentially breaking a code of silence that SEAL members are sworn to uphold regarding their missions, including the 2011 operation that killed international terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
“The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is in receipt of an allegation that Mr O’Neill may have revealed classified information to persons not authorized to receive such information,” Perry told AFP.
“In response, NCIS has initiated an investigation to determine the merit of the allegations.”
O’Neill, 38, who has given many interviews regarding his participation in the operation, triggered controversy in the ranks last month when he took responsibility for firing the fatal shot that killed Bin Laden at his secret bunker in Abbottabad, Pakistan, just across the border from Afghanistan, three years ago.
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