ABC News’ Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:
Representative Peter King said this afternoon he’s heard the Bin Laden death photos aren’t that bad.
“They’re not ghoulish, they’re not going to scare people off, they’re not offensive,” King told reporters after the briefing. “Nothing more than you expect with a person with a bullet in his head.”
But, as Mr. King acknowledged, he has not seen the photos. King was speaking after Leon Panetta gave House members a classified briefing, but Panetta did not show the photos at the briefing.
I just spoke to somebody who has seen the photos who disagrees with King’s characterization.
This source, who was shown about a half dozen of the photos says they look like photos from “a bad crime scene” – bloody and “gruesome.”
Maybe it’s a question of how you define gruesome. The source says, “It’s what you’d expect from somebody shot in the head with a high caliber bullet.” To this source – that ‘s bad.
In fact, after viewing the photos, this source says it would be a mistake to release them – especially so soon after the mission.