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Esquire Magazine: Bin Laden 'Shooter' On His Own; No Pension, No Healthcare

NPR icon by Eyder Peralta

Esquire Magazine has quite the scoop today: Phil Bronstein, the former editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and now the executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting, is previewing a profile of whom he says is the Navy SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden.

First off — the caveats: Bronstein does not identify the SEAL and only refers to him as "the shooter." He writes that "enough people connected to the SEALs and the bin Laden mission have confirmed for me that the Shooter" was "number two" in the mission. Number one, Brosntein writes, confirmed the shooting "to another SEAL I spoke with." (emphasis ours.)

Now that you know that: Bronstein reports that the "shooter" is about to retire from the SEALs and he's facing an uncertain future. He writes:

"The Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after sixteen years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks, here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation:

"Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family."

"He's taken monumental risks," the shooters dad tells Esquire. "But he's unable to reap any reward."

The full story will appear in the March edition of Esquire.

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