The SEALS further suggest that Osama was standing behind his youngest wife with his hands on her shoulders and had tried to shove her to the NAVY SEAL confronting him. He was shot in the head before he could reach his weapon placed close to the door.
Over the controversy of who of the SEALS pumped the final shots on the terrorist chief, O'Niell said,"The most important thing that I've learned in the last two years is to me it doesn't matter anymore if I am 'The Shooter.' The team got him. The killing of Osama bin Laden will go down in history. But I don't care if I'm 'The Shooter,' and there are people who think I'm not. So whatever."
O'Neill reiterated Matt Bissonnette, another SEAL member's account on the last minutes of Bin Laden in his book No Easy Day," written under the pseudonym Mark Owen. He later said that this was the most difficult mission in his 15 years of career in the NAVY SEAL. He further said,"Well, you have to go pump yourself up to go die. So we would talk about this. It was a) group of guys who knew time on Earth was up, so you could be honest with each other. And we all accepted and nobody was afraid. It was really cool."
Breaking the unsaid dictum of the military: Don't seek attention for your service, Neill said that parts and fractions of the operation were no more classified as they had been repeatedly leaked in the aftermath by high-level officials. He justified,"Once anyone says anything at that level, it's not classified".