The Center for Investigative Reporting has no comment on the Pentagon review, executive director Robert Rosenthal said in an e-mailed statement.

Asked how the center and magazine verified the SEAL was the raider who actually fired the fatal shots, Rosenthal said the story resulted from “a full year of in-depth reporting and sourcing, which gives us great confidence that the shooter’s account of the final minutes of bin Laden’s life is accurate.”

“Out of concern for the safety of our sources, and based on our pre-publication agreements with them, we are not at liberty to go into any more detail than that contained in the story and related material, such as the web videos of conversations with” the author, Phil Bronstein, he said.