WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said today he’s decided not to release death photos of terrorist Osama bin Laden because their graphic nature could incite violence and create national security risks for the United States.
“There’s no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden,” the president said in an interview with CBS News. Obama said he had seen the death photo and there was no need to release the photograph or gloat. “There’s no need to spike the football,” he said.
The president said that for anyone who doesn’t believe bin Laden is dead, “we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference.”
“There are going to be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is you won’t see Osama bin Laden walking on this earth again,” said Obama.
The president made his comments in an interview Wednesday with CBS’ “60 Minutes”. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney read the president’s quotes to reporters in the White House briefing room, ahead of the program’s airing.