His voice and face disguised and using the pseudonym Mark Owen, one of the Navy SEALs who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden gives an exclusive interview to Scott Pelley. Owen, now retired, says the SEALs trained for the mission using a full-size replica of the bin Laden compound, and that a dress rehearsal was held for military top brass. And Owen refutes charges that he’s trying to make a political statement with his book, “No Easy Day.”
The following is a script of “Killing Bin Laden” which aired on Sept. 9, 2012. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Henry Schuster, producer.
You are about to meet one of the men who shot Osama bin Laden. Mark Owen recently left the Navy’s elite counterterrorism unit, SEAL Team 6. Mark Owen is not his real name. It is the name that he used to write a new book about the assault on bin Laden’s compound called “No Easy Day.” Owen was on the helicopter that crashed into the compound. He was the second man in bin Laden’s bedroom. And he took the pictures of the body that the world has never seen.
Owen received a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart for a wound suffered in the raid. But, despite all that, Owen told us, in his only interview, that “No Easy Day” is not about him. He says it’s a tribute to the hundreds of Americans who gathered intelligence, planned and trained in the 10-year pursuit of the world’s most wanted man. SEAL Team 6, he told us, just took care of the last 40 minutes.