White House Weighing Release of Bin Laden Photographs from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Deck of Aircraft Carrier

May 3, 2011 6:07pm

ABC News has learned that the Obama administration possesses a number of photographs of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, taken in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

Officials who have seen the photographs describe them as “gruesome.” Bin Laden has a gunshot wound to his forehead. The insides of his head are visible.

The pictures from Pakistan are of bin Laden in the compound dead. There are also pictures of his dead son Khaled, the dead courier, and the dead courier’s brother.

The pictures of bin Laden in Afghanistan are from a US military base. The ones from the aircraft carrier are of bin Laden on the deck before and after he was wrapped in a shroud, in keeping with Muslim burial traditions.

-Jake Tapper


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