The former US Navy Seal, Rob O’Neill, who said he fired the shot that killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, received threat from a supporter of Islamic State militants. IS supporter also posted the ex-commando’s purported home address in Montana on-line.
In a recent interview, “I’ve been ready for this since we killed Usama Bin Laden,” O’Neill told Sean Hannity . “I know how to defend myself.”
Undersheriff George Skuletich of the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department said on Tuesday O’Neill no longer lives in the Butte area but that his agency was aware of the posting and contacted federal authorities.
The 39-year-old O’Neill, who grew up in Butte, told The Washington Postlast year that he was the Navy SEAL who fired the fatal gunshot that struck bin Laden in the forehead during the US raid in May 2011 on the al Qaeda leader’s compound in Pakistan.
Fox News Channel, which hired O’Neill as a network contributor earlier this year, has profiled him in a television documentary titled The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden.
Fox News Channel has also profiled him in a television documentary titled ‘The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden’. The channel hired him as a network contributor earlier this year.
A message posted on Saturday to the Twitter account of Sally Jones, widow of a slain Islamic State computer hacker, contained a link to a lengthier message on the text-sharing site Pastebin that contained O’Neill’s purported address in Butte. The Twitter post carried the hashtag #RunRobertRun and the Pastebin message referred to the Montana address as a “number one target.”
O’Neill took credit for firing the shot that killed bin Laden last November, acknowledging he at least two other Navy SEAL members, including Matt Bissonnette, who chronicled the mission in the 2012 book No Easy Day.