Wed May 4, 2011
Obama Decides Bin Laden Photos Will Not Be Released
Originally published on Wed May 4, 2011 1:33 pm
2:32 p.m. ET: Fearing that their release could pose a risk to national security because they might incite violence, President Obama has decided not to make public any post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the White House announced this afternoon.
The decision, which the president revealed today during an interview with CBS News, follows an internal debate within the administration about whether the photos, described by the White House as gruesome, posed too much of a risk or needed to be made public to prove to any doubters that bin Laden is dead.
Any skeptics, Carney says Obama told CBS News, should know that bin Laden "will not walk this Earth again."
Update at 2:29 p.m. ET: President Obama also told CBS News today that "there is no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden," White House spokesman Jay Carney just told reporters, as he's announcing that the president has decided that post-mortem photos of the al-Qaida leader will not be released by the government.
Update at 2:27 p.m. ET: Because he believes the photos might be used as "an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," President Obama has decided that post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will not be released, White House spokesman Jay Carney just announced.
"We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Obama also told CBS News earlier today, according to Carney.
Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: "The president has made a decision not to release any of the photographs of the deceased Osama bin Laden," White House spokesman Jay Carney just confirmed.
Our original post:
"In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday's 60 Minutes, President Obama says he won't release post-mortem images of Osama Bin Laden images taken to prove his death.
"Video of the comments will appear on the CBS Evening News on Wednesday."
We noted earlier that there was disagreement among the president's top aides on whether the images should be made public.
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