Lawmakers Allowed to Osama Bin Laden Death Photos

May 10, 2011 4:57pm

Members of two Senate committees can make an appointment with the CIA to view the photos of a dead Osama bin Laden, multiple congressional aides confirmed to ABC News today.

Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee will now be able to see the photos if they wish.

Last week a trio of Republican senators claimed to have seen the photos, only for it to emerge that they had been duped by fake pictures. On Wednesday morning as senators left a closed-door classified with CIA boss Leon Panetta, the top Republican on the Intelligence panel Saxby Chambliss told reporters that he had seen the photos. New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte said the same thing. And Scott Brown of Massachusetts told Fox-25 TV that he had seen one of the photos, too.

“I have seen one of them,” Ayotte said of the bin Laden photos, adding that it was “clearly his features.”

But later that day it emerged that the picture seen by Ayotte, Brown, and Chambliss was in fact not authentic. At least now they’ll be able to see the real thing. 

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