Osama Bin Laden Death Photos Will Be Released to ‘Some Senators’


Reuters is reporting that the CIA will allow the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee to see the Osama Bin Laden death photos “if they wish.” President Obama had ruled last week that the photos would not be provided to the public for viewing so as not to incite violence and give al Qaeda a propaganda tool. We’ve never really believed that the photos could be kept secret forever, and providing them to some, even to some who are also senators, seems to virtually guarantee that they will eventually leak to the public. Yet, two-thirds of Americans support Obama’s decision not to release them, with only 24 percent saying they felt the photos should be released. So, what’s the over-under on how soon those photos will make their way onto the Internet?

According to Fox, the Senate committee members will have to travel to CIA headquarters to see the photos, and “have been directed to contact the CIA to arrange a time for a viewing.” Via the New York Post,

A senior US official told FOX last week that a large, open gunshot wound to bin Laden’s forehead — revealing brain matter — can be seen in the photos. The official added that one of bin Laden’s eyes is open while the other eye is “completely gone.”

[Reuters, MSNBC]