The name and address of the SEAL who said he shot and killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in 2011 was recently published by the Islamic State, and the extremist group called on its members to take out their "number one target."
A British ISIS member gave instructions on how to find and kill former Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Robert O'Neill, according to the Daily Mirror. O'Neill told Fox News during a Veterans Day special last year he was the shooter that took out bin Laden.
The name and address were found in a chat monitored by the Daily Mirror, which says an unnamed British extremist used the jihadi chat room as well as social media to distribute the information. It has now been shared "dozens of times," the Mirror says.
"I leave this info of Robert O'Neill for my brothers in America and Al Qaeda in the U.S., as a number one target to eventually hunt down and kill," the Islamic State supporter wrote. The supporter also linked to an International Business Times story in which O'Neill's father said his family is "not afraid of ISIS."
ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State militant group.
The newspaper says it has contacted O'Neill but has not received a response.
A spokeswoman at the Defense Department on Tuesday told Military Times that said that because O'Neill is no longer a serving member in the military, the Pentagon would not likely open an investigation into his violation of privacy. It was not immediately made clear if the FBI or Homeland Security have opened an investigation on O'Neill's behalf.
Navy officials in January told Navy Times that O'Neill was under criminal investigation for possibly sharing classified information about the raid. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service said there was a chance the mentions aired in the Fox News interview could also send him to court-martial; however, it is not believed O'Neill violated any nondisclosure agreements to incite legal proceedings.
Extremists who've publicly claimed support for the Islamic State on social media and other online platforms have been under scrutiny.
The hacker, Junaid Hussain, also known as Abu Hussain al-Britani, earlier that month was responsible for exposing the personal information of hundreds of U.S. military and government personnel.