White House Mulls Bin Laden Photos

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 3:50pm

No decision yet on releasing images of terrorist taken after his death.

Obama administration officials say they're weighing the pros and cons of releasing what they call a gruesome photo of Osama Bin Laden's dead body.

At the same time, they've clarified how the terrorist died, saying Bin Laden was not armed.

White House officials are cautious, concerned about "inflaming" the Muslim world with the photo or video of Bin Laden's burial at sea.

"The additional release of information or any type of photographic evidence is something we have to take into account in terms of what the reaction might be to it," says Counter Terroism Advisor John Brennan.

On Monday some U.S. officials said Bin Laden fought back as the SEALs attacked.

Now they say he was unarmed but shot during a fire fight, and it was justified.

"He resisted. The U.S. personnel on the ground handled themselves with the utmost professionalism," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Another tough decision: What to do about Pakistan.

The Pakistani government has denied shielding Bin Laden.

Despite the fact that Bin Laden lived there in luxury, top Obama counter terrorism officials say Pakistan remains a strong partner.
 

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