Although many were calling for the President to release a photo of Osama Bin Laden’s body, President Obama recently decided that the government will not publish the photos to the press.
In a press conference earlier this afternoon, Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama administration felt that releasing the photos would do more to inflame anti-American sentiment around the world rather than squelch rumors of a government cover-up.
“It is not in our national security interest … to allow these images to become icons to rally opinion against the United States,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
“We have no need to publish those photographs to establish that Osama bin Laden was killed,” he said.
Just yesterday, CIA Director Leon Panetta commented that the release of the photos would be inevitable, but after some debate with his inner circle, the President decided against it, citing America doesn’t need to use Bin Laden’s photo as a trophy.
“That’s not who we are. We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies. The fact of the matter is that this is someone who is deserving of the justice he received. … We don’t need to spike the football,” Obama told CBS News.