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White House won't release Bin Laden death photos

Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 01:35

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: The White House made it official Wednesday- announcing it will not release post-mortem images of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in order to prove his death. Jon Decker reports.

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****EDITORS NOTE: THIS STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF DEAD BODIES / PLEASE CONSULT YOUR SENIOR EDITOR BEFORE AIRING THESE IMAGES**** Ever since President Obama announced the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on a Pakistani compound, there's been growing speculation about whether photographic proof would be made available of the death of the al Qaeda leader. While some might want such photographic evidence, there have also been fears that this might enrage some Muslims and prompt further violence. After more than two days of deliberation, the White House made it official Wednesday: It will not release the post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden in order to prove his death. White House spokesman Jay Carney explained the President's decision. SOUNDBITE: White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying (English): "There's no need to release these photographs to establish Osama Bin Laden's identity. And he saw no other compelling reason to release them given the potential for national security risks and further because he believes and he said so clearly - this is not who we are." While photographic proof of bin Laden's death might never be seen, other images of the aftermath of Monday's deadly firefight have emerged, including photos of some of bin Laden's associate, killed when U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden's compound near Islamabad. Responding to critics, the White House also says the killing of an unarmed Bin Laden was fully consistent with the rules of law, and that Bin Laden's surrender would have been accepted had it been offered. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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White House won't release Bin Laden death photos

Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 01:35