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Navy SEAL Sat On Bin Laden's Dead Body, New Book Says

Paresh Dave |
August 29, 2012 | 1:42 a.m. PDT

Executive Director

A book written by a Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says that an unarmed bin Laden was shot at immediately, before he had a chance to retreat or reach for a weapon, and that a fellow SEAL sat on bin Laden's chest as his body was transported by helicopter.

The accounts of former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette in "No Easy Day" are according to the Huffington Post and the Associated Press, both of which managed to buy copies of the book Tuesday.

Bissonnette, who writes under the pseudonym Mark Owen, tells a very different tale about the raid than what government officials have said.

"We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots. BOP. BOP," Bissionnette writes, according to the Huffington Post. "I couldn't tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room."

Contrary to government reports, he says there was no long firefight outside of the Pakistan compound and that bin Laden dropped back into his room only after he was shot. President Obama also has said bin Laden's body was treated with dignity before being buried at sea.

The book was scheduled for release Sept. 11, but the publisher announced Tuesday that it would move the release up to Sept. 4 because of high demand -- 575,000 copies are being printed in the first run.

The AP reported that Bissonnette writes that none of the SEALs in the raid were fans of Obama, but they understood their roles as tools in the toolbox and were glad that Obama approved the mission.

Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are selling the book for $16.17. The book's publisher said the "majority" of the income from the book would be donated to unnamed military-related charities.

Stephen Speilberg denied rumors Tuesday that he's interested in adapting Bissonnette's book into movie.

A movie about the raid, "Zero Dark Thirty," comes out Dec. 19. It's directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Watch the trailer below.

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