The White House has arrived at a decision regarding releasing post-mortem photos of slain terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. There were several calls for the release of death photos of bin Laden, to serve as evidence of his demise.
The President, however, has decided not to release these images, citing that their graphic nature may trigger violence and pose security risks for the country, according to a report from The Associated Press.
President Barack Obama gave the following statement in an interview with CBS News: “There’s no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden… we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference.” The President said further: “There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is you won’t see bin Laden walking on this earth again.”
The President’s statements were aired on 60 Minutes, but presidential spokesman Jay Carney shared quotes from the President, ahead of the airing, with reporters in the White House briefing room.
Officials revealed that the images in question show Osama bin Laden shot in the head. While CIA Director Leon Panetta has been quoted as saying that at least one photo may be released, Carney revealed that the President was unwavering in his decision against releasing photos.
President Obama also said: “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence… I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk.”