Obama decides against releasing bin Laden photos

President tells "60 Minutes" that costs outweigh benefits

Published May 4, 2011 5:05PM (EDT)

 The White House has decided against releasing graphic photos of Osama bin Laden shortly after he was killed by American forces earlier this week. President Obama announced the decision in an interview with "60 Minutes," set to air this Sunday.

Per CBS:

"The risks of release outweigh the benefits," [Obama] said. "Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East."

"Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet," he continued. "Osama bin Laden is not a trophy - he is dead and let's now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaida has been eliminated."

Read more about the decision at CBS News

By Peter Finocchiaro

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