White House: ‘Categorical’ Decides Not To Release Bin Laden Photo
The White House released this statement today about whether they were going to release a photo of Osama Bin Laden dead.
President Obama has made a "categorical" decision not to release any photos of Usama bin Laden's body, according to the White House, citing concern that doing so could inflame sentiment against Americans.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president consulted his national security team and ultimately decided it would be too risky to release any images of the body. Obama also determined the administration already had proved bin Laden is dead, he said.
"It is not in our national security interest to allow those images ... to become icons to rally opinion against the United States," Carney said. "There is no question at all that Usama bin Laden is dead. He will not walk this earth again."
Carney added that the decision not to release was "a majority opinion."
The president first revealed his decision during an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes." Reading an excerpt from the interview, Carney said the president cautioned that such images could be used to incite violence or as a propaganda tool.
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