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article imageWhite House mulls release of 'gruesome' Bin Laden death photos

By Michael Krebs     May 4, 2011 in World
White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Tuesday that photographs taken of Osama Bin Laden's body are gruesome and could be inflammatory to the global Muslim community, yet they may be released in the very near future.
The Obama administration has been debating whether to release graphic photographs of the body of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, and there are indications that the photos could be released shortly.
White House press secretary told reporters on Tuesday that the pictures of Bin Laden are "gruesome," as the terror mastermind had been shot in the head, according to the Associated Press.
The entry wound is known to be above Bin Laden's left eye, with brain matter and blood visible.
While saying, "there is not some rolling debate here about this," Mr. Carney did concede that to make the photographs public "could be inflammatory."
CIA Director Leon Panetta confirmed on an interview with NBC's Nightly News that a photograph will be issued and that its release is forthcoming.
"The government obviously has been talking about how best to do this, but I don't think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public," Panetta said, according to a report in Time.
The prospect of the photos being publicly released has also stirred among news organizations.
"For the White House, releasing the photos is a dynamic and complex decision with far-reaching consequences if not handled correctly," the Radio Television Digital News Association posted on their web site on Tuesday. "The same can be said for newsrooms, if the photos are made available."
The photographs, and potentially video footage, are certain to elevate emotions around the world and could incite outrage in sensitive Islamic communities. However, the Taliban has demanded to see the pictures, saying they would like proof of Osama Bin Laden's death, the Daily Mail reported.
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