VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The same Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL team which killed Osama Bin Laden is now credited with freeing two hostages in Somalia.
32-year-old Jessica Buchanan is from Bedford County, Va. near Roanoke. She and 60-year-old Poul Thisted, a Danish man, were working with the Danish Refugee Council when gunmen kidnapped them in October.
Vice President Joe Biden confirmed the mission's urgency, saying Buchanan's health was declining. He also praised the SEALs who rescued her. That public praise is rubbing many the wrong way. While the Vice President did not specifically name the SEAL team in his interview, two U-S officials, speaking anonymously, did confirm it was SEAL Team Six to NBC.
This is the second time in a year the elite, and clandestine unit has been outed, and one former seal is outraged. "My advice to officials is to shut up," Scott Taylor told WAVY.com. The former Navy SEAL is appalled by the news coverage surrounding SEAL Team Six. "My beef is not with the media cause they're going to report it right, so my beef would be with officials who officially, publicly announce a specific clandestine unit involved in one of these missions," added Taylor.
Taylor wants the President to send out a mandate, warning his Administration to keep quiet or face consequences. If they don't, he fears it could be the beloved SEALs themselves or their families who do.
There are no reports of injuries among the members of SEAL Team Six after this latest mission. The Pentagon reports nine pirates were killed.
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