Obama: Osama Bin Laden dead photo will not be releasedBy Angel Cuala on May 5, 2011 in Current Events, United States •
US President Barack Obama has decided that Osama Bin Laden’s dead photo will not be released, as told by the president himself to CBS’ 60 Minutes on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
President Obama on CBS’ 60 Minutes
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According to Mr. Obama, who was interviewed by Steve Kroft at the White House and will be broadcast on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), he is totally not in favor of releasing the photos of Bin Laden after he was killed by US forces last Sunday.
The president said that he saw the photos of Osama bin Laden’s dead body and he is “absolutely certain” that it was him; and that showing such graphic photos may create some risk in national security.
“You know, we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We’ve done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden.” President Obama tells Kroft.
“As a propaganda tool. You know, that’s not who we are. You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies.” Obama added, noting that showing a photo of someone being shot in the head may incite additional violence.
Apparently, the president also said they are monitoring the worldwide reaction about this issue, particularly those who do not believe that Bin Laden is really dead.
“There are going be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see Bin Laden walking on this Earth again.” Obama clarified, adding that releasing Osama’s dead photo will not make any difference.
This interview to President Obama will finally end the issue as to whether the Bin Laden’s dead photo will be released or not.
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