(CNN) – In February, Esquire magazine published a lengthy profile of “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden.” The story did not identify the killer by his real name, referring to him only as ”the Shooter.”

The Shooter told Esquire he encountered al Qaeda’s leader face-to-face in the top-floor bedroom of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he’d been hiding for more than five years.

The Shooter said the al Qaeda leader was standing up and had a gun “within reach” and it was only then that the Shooter fired two shots into bin Laden’s forehead, killing him. That account was in conflict with the narrative from another raid participant in a wildly successful book, “No Easy Day.”

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