Osama Bin Laden Death Photos Will Not Be Released by President Obama


9/11 Families, Politicians, Taliban Call for Release of Osama bin Laden Death Photo

The Florida man said that he also thinks the release of the photos could upset those in the Middle East.

"We know that he's dead," he said. "I trust the government. It serves no purpose other than exacerbating the situation. The people in the Mideast will see a picture of him and it just seems it will add fuel to the fire," he said.

White House officials agonized over the global impact of releasing the photos.

"There are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden in the aftermath of this firefight and we're making an evaluation about the need to do that because of the sensitivities involved," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "We review this information and make this decision with the same calculation that we do so many things, which is ... does it serve or in any way harm and that's not just domestically, but globally."

The Taliban released a statement Tuesday saying they would not believe bin Laden is dead until they saw proof or heard it from sources close to bin Laden.

"This news is only coming from one side, from Obama's office, and American has not shown any evidence or proof to support this claim," spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement. "On the other side, our sources close to Osama bin Laden have not confirmed or denied the news."

Along with photos of bin Laden, helmet cameras captured video of the raid and video was also taken of bin Laden's body being lowered into the North Arabian Sea from the USS Carl Vinson.

"Any types of material related to the raid, we need to make sure that we make the right decisions," White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Tuesday. "What we don't want to do is to compromise potential future operations by releasing certain things, so we're looking at all of this and making the right decisions."

Since Sunday's attack, officials have said they confirmed bin Laden's death through DNA evidence and verbal confirmation from survivors at the million-dollar compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was killed.

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