Peter Doocy, a Fox News Washington correspondent, struck up a relationship with the Navy SEAL who killed terrorist Osama bin Laden in 2011 soon after the successful raid of his compound.
Robert O'Neill this summer approached Doocy, wanting to tell his story, resulting in his first on-air interview in a two-hour, two-part Fox News documentary airing over Tuesday and Wednesday nights called "The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden."
Since Fox News announced the long-secret project last week, several news outlets have revealed O'Neill's identity and O'Neill spoke with the Washington Post. He also spoke with freelance reporter Alex Quade. SOFREP, a website run by former special-forces operatives, also preemptively outed him.
Some news reports, Doocy said, have not provided totally accurate information. "We are confident that our two hours will clear up many questions and ambiguity," said Doocy, son of "Fox & Friends" morning host Steve Doocy.
Peter said the documentary will not only address the details of the raid itself from the last man to see bin Laden alive but also O'Neill's own feelings about breaking an unwritten code inside Navy SEALS not to discuss their actions for purposes of personal gain.
He isn't the first person to break that trust. Another member of the raid Matt Bissonnette two years ago published his own account of the raid.
Doocy wouldn't say if the Fox News special would utilize any re-enactment techniques common in documentaries to illustrate what participants are describing in words.
"I really think our team has done a great job bringing back that night and reigniting some of the positive, patriotic feelings," Doocy said. "It's taken us months to edit this together and you'll see why it took so long."
He said only a small number of people at Fox News knew about the project before it was announced. They used a code name "Gatewood." This was in homage to the Navy SEAL capture of bin Laden, since that campaign was called "Geronimo."
Charles Gatewood was an Army commander in 1886 who convinced Apache leader Geronimo to surrender to Texan authorities after decades of trying to fight off the Americans from Apache territory.
"The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden" 10 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Fox News
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