A first-hand account of the May 2011 raid by US forces that killed Osama Bin Laden contradicts the official story, the Associated Press claims.
It has purchased an advance copy of an unauthorized account of the raid, No Easy Day, by a former Navy Seal.
The book says Bin Laden was shot dead as soon as he looked out of his bedroom as Seals rushed up the stairs, AP says.
But US officials have stated he was shot only once he had ducked back into the bedroom.
They have said his actions suggested he might be reaching for a weapon.
The alleged contradiction will add to existing controversy over the book.
It was written under a pseudonym, Mark Owen, but only hours after the book’s existence came to light the author’s real name was revealed by Fox News.
Military officials also say the publishers failed to submit the book to the Pentagon to ensure it discloses no secret information – part of normal protocol – and are scrutinizing its contents. Read the rest of this entry →