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Why SEAL Team Six Member Went on ’60 Minutes’ Again

60 minWith a lead-in of the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game “60 Minutes” was the No. 1 non-sports show last night, averaging 17.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnight ratings. It could be “60′s” most-watched program of the season when the final numbers come in tomorrow.

The hour included an interview with former Navy SEAL Mark Owen. It was his second sit-down with the program, during which he apologized for the first. Owen, a member of SEAL Team Six, neglected to tell the Pentagon he was publishing the book, “No Easy Day” about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, or that he was going on “60 Minutes” to publicize it.

In a “60 Minutes Overtime” story, producer Henry Schuster explains that Owen — not his real name — agreed to a second interview with two goals in mind: he wanted to talk about his new book — which was vetted by the Pentagon — and he also wanted to tell his side of the story. “I believe that they’re [the Pentagon] trying to make an example out of Mark Owen,” Schuster says. WATCH: Read more

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Navy Seal Under Criminal Investigation Following ’60 Minutes’ Interview

PelleySeal2Mark Owen — not his real name — is under investigation by the government for telling “60 Minutes” the story of the 2011 mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Owen talks to CBS again, this Sunday, about how the government has come after him in the two years since his interview aired.

Owen says his then-lawyer advised him he did not need to clear his book, “No Easy Day,” or his “60 Minutes” interview, with the military. But eight weeks ago, as part of a newly-opened investigation, Owen was questioned for 10 hours by government investigators.

“I would go back overseas today and deal with fighting ISIS rather than deal with the last two years,” Owen tells Scott Pelley.

In the end, Owen is apologetic about how things played out. “I did not set out to bypass any rules. I felt that I was doing everything the right way, legally. Obviously that was a mistake…I’m very sorry about that.”

The make-up artist used to disguise Owen’s appearance for his first “60 Minutes” interview was used again for Sunday’s sit-down.

CBS News Won’t Release Name of Navy SEAL, But Apparently Will

When “60 Minutes” scored the exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who wrote the tell-all book about the Osama bin Laden raid, Scott Pelley promised that his anonymity would be safe:

“When word of the book came out last month, a cable news channel learned Mark Owen’s real name and reported it,” Pelley said. “Since then, others have reported his name. We will not.”

CBS News has so far stuck to that arrangement, though the AP (and subsequently has not:

In a separate account of the raid that was published last month, one member of the Navy team, Matt Bissonnette, wrote that the SEALS climbed a stairway inside the compound and opened fire when bin Laden poked his head around a doorway. Bissonnette wrote that bin Laden’s hands were concealed and the SEALS presumed he was armed so they shot him.

Update: TVNewser hears that the story will be coming down. It was an AP story that slipped through the cracks on a debate day.