NCIS Investigates Claim Against Robert O’Neill
O’Neill Provides Some Clarity on HANNITY.
The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden — former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill — is the subject of a government agency investigation. Could O’Neill have possibly disclosed classified information in the process of telling his story? Sean Hannity discusses it with O’Neill.
Hannity: “Every president, every vice president, every secretary of defense, every CIA director writes a book. And here you tell your experience…all the information had been out there anyway, except your name. Where is this investigation going?”
O’Neill: “Right now it’s my understanding that there’s been a complaint from somewhere inside the Navy that something was disclosed and they’re investigating the complaint. They’re not investigating me right now. They haven’t called and if they do, I’ll take the call.”
Hannity: “Even though they didn’t call you doesn’t mean you’re not being investigated. When you told your story did you run it through different people telling them you were going to speak out?”
O’Neill: “No, no I didn’t run it through anybody. I was very careful to make sure that I didn’t disclose anything classified at all. You’d be surprised how much stuff is not classified. The stuff that is classified…the stuff that I signed that I wouldn’t say…I haven’t spoken about at all and I have no intention of doing so.”
(Hannity goes on to flip through letters in support of O’Neill from various members of Congress, referencing Kevin Cramer, Thomas Rooney and Duncan Hunter, among others.)
Hannity: “With all these letters on your behalf I would think the President might want to speak up again and say, ‘Maybe leave Rob O’Neill alone. He’s a hero. We appreciate what he did and what SEAL Team Six did.’ Would you like to see that?”
O’Neill: “I appreciate support from either side of the aisle, from everyone in Congress and from the White House. I don’t want to be a pawn in the middle of this. I don’t think it’s quite at that level yet. Like I said, it’s at a spot now where they’re investigating a complaint from somewhere inside the Navy. I’m confident that it’ll be investigated and hopefully that’s it.”
Hannity: “Do you think there is a double standard between all these former secretaries of whatever, vice presidents, presidents. They get to tell their stories. They write their memoires…”
O’Neill: “I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s unfair. They should tell their stories, and they should be able to so that the American public knows about it. I’m confident that’s what I did as well. Again, with the stuff that I told, I don’t think any of it is classified. I think the American public deserves to know a lot of what happened for closure.”