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Spec-ops command: SEAL raid book untrue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Special Operations Command is calling a former Navy SEAL's alternate version of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden a bogus work of fiction.

"It's just not true," U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Col. Tim Nye said.

With conspiracy theories and attacks on the Obama White House, Chuck Pfarrer's book, "SEAL Target Geronimo" claims an alternate version of the raid in which SEALs shot bin Laden within 90 seconds of arriving at the Pakistan compound where he was holed up. Pfarrer claims the White House issued a fictional and damaging account of the raid that made the SEALs look inept. He said President Barack Obama's speedy acknowledgment of the raid was a craven political move that rendered much of the intelligence gathered on the raid useless.

Pfarrer's account broke into Amazon's top 20 book sales list last week, and Pfarrer has appeared on Fox News, CNN and other venues to promote it.

"I have truth on my side," Pfarrer said. "I spoke to the guys on the ground and in the secondary bird," he said, referring to the aircraft carrying a second SEAL team as a backup rescue squad.

"This is a fabrication," Nye countered, issuing an on-the-record denial on behalf of Navy SEAL Adm. Bill McRaven, who took command of all special operations in midyear.

In his previous role, McRaven oversaw the raid in May as head of the military's counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command. Nye said McRaven was concerned the book would lead Americans to doubt the administration's version of events.

Pfarrer had no access to any troops connected to the mission, Nye said. He said there will be no investigation into whether individual SEALs spoke to Pfarrer because his account is so off-base. Among his other claims, Pfarrer said the way the White House described the SEALs shooting bin Laden -- that he was unarmed but trying to evade them -- is "murder."

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