17 Nov 2011 01:24 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: ‘Seal Target Gronimo’ Cover (Image Source: Chck Pfarrer)
According to the U.S. special operations command, a former Navy Seal’s book claiming to describe the real version of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is a “fabrication.”
“It’s just not true,” said spokesman Colonel Time to The Guardian. “It’s not how it happened.”
Author and former Seal Chuck Pfarrer’s book Seal Target Geronimo claims that the White House released a fictionalized account of the raid that “made the seals look inept.”
According to the Guardian, Pfarrer says, “Barack Obama’s quick acknowledgement of the raid was a craven political move that rendered much of the intelligence gathered useless.”
Describing the book as a “fabrication,” Nye issued an on-the-record denial on behalf of Admiral Bill McRaven, who was in charge of Special Forces operations at the time of the raid, the Guardian says.
Nye said McRaven was “concerned that the book would lead Americans to doubt the administration's version of events.”
“We have never come forward and gone after an author and said, ‘That is a lie.’” Nye said. “That tells you how far off the mark we believe this book is.”
Nye said Pfarrer had no access to any troops connected with the mission, and that there would be no investigation into whether individual Seals spoke to Pfarrer.
“I have truth on my side,” Pfarrer said in an interview.
“I spoke to the guys on the ground and in the secondary bird,” he said, referring to the aircraft carrying a second Seal team that was there to rescue the first if it came under attack inside Pakistan’s borders.
Pfarrer defended the book as a patriotic way to laud the “heroes of the Bin Laden mission.”
The ex-Seal, who described the team’s alleged shooting of an unarmed Bin Laden as murder, says his depiction of the events justify the killing, claiming the Saudi was reaching for a gun.
He also says that he played a role in the preparation to the mission.
“In the weeks and months leading up to Neptune’s Spear [the code name for the mission], it was my privilege to help troops and platoons train for submissions and run parallel HVT [high-value target] missions,” Pfarrer writes.
“That is categorically incorrect,” Nye said. “He was not involved in mission planning, execution or close mission analysis.”