Female agent who tracked Osama cried when she saw his dead body, reveals Navy SEAL who shot Qaeda leader

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 06:57 hrs

London: The female CIA agent, who had spent her life working on hunting down al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden wept when she was shown his body, the Navy SEAL who shot him dead has revealed.

In an interview to Esquire Magazine's March edition, the Team Six member spoke out for the first time about the moment he shot down Laden, three times in the face.

According to Daily Mail, describing the moment he shot him he said, "In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. The second time as Laden went down."

The SEAL said that Laden crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and that when he took another shot at him again. "He was dead. I watched him take his last breath."

He said he had to shoot Osama because there was a gun within reach of the Al Qaeda leader.

"He looked confused. And way taller than I was expecting," he said.

When the commandos came upon bin Laden in the dark on the third floor of his house, the Al-Qaeda leader had his hands on his youngest wife's shoulders, "pushing her ahead" and there was an AK-47 assault rifle nearby.

"I'm just looking at him from right here," the SEAL said, moving his hand about 10 inches from his face, according to Esquire. "He's got a gun on the shelf right there, the short AK he's famous for. And he's moving forward.

"...He's got a gun within reach. He's a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to clack himself off (blow himself up)," the commando was quoted as saying.

"In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he's going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place...

"He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath," the Shooter said.

According to Esquire, the whole confrontation with bin Laden took only 15 seconds. But the most harrowing moment came earlier, when the shooter learned that one of the stealthy Black Hawk helicopters used in the raid had crash-landed at the compound.

"We're never getting out of here now," he said.

"I thought we'd have to steal cars and drive to Islamabad. Because the other option was to stick around and wait for the Pakistani military to show up... That's when I got concerned."

He also told Phil Bronstein, Executive Chair of the Center for Investigative Reporting, that he gave the CIA agent the magazine he had used with three bullets missing as a souvenir, the report said.

'The Shooter', as he is known to protect his identity and the safety of his wife and children, also praised the female agent as 'awesome and a tough woman,' it added.

Her role was dramatized in the film Zero Dark Thirty in which she was called 'Maya' and played with critical acclaim by Jessica Chastain.

The first time 'The Shooter' met her was in a pre-mission briefing in which she told all the men that they have got Laden'.

When the mission got underway, they met again in a base in Jalalabad, Pakistan, where Team Six were told: 'One hundred percent he's on the third floor. So get to there if you can.'

The agent's most emotional moment came when it was all finished.

In his account in Esquire, The Shooter wrote, "while they were still checking the body, he brought the agency woman over," adding that "we looked down and I asked, Is that your guy? She was crying."

The Shooter added, "That's when I took my magazine out of my gun and gave it to her as a souvenir. Twenty-seven bullets left in it. That was the last time I saw her."

The former SEAL also related how one of Osamas' sons burst into tears when he saw his father's dead body.

The shooter did however go and see Zero Dark Thirty and said that it had been given the 'Hollywood' treatment compared to real life. 

In the interview, the Shooter also said that he has neither health insurance nor a pension after leaving the armed forces.

"(M)y health care for me and my family stopped. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your 16 years," he said in an interview.

In addition, in the interview the former soldier recounted some of the difficulties he had after returning to the US and how his marriage fell apart because of the pressure.

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