President Barack Obama has said  that the White House will not release photos of bin Laden’s death.

In an interview, with 60Minutes, a CBS news network  programme, President Obama said he won’t release bin Laden images taken to prove his death.

According to Obama, “Given the graphic nature of the photo it would create a national security risk.”

 Obama, according to CBS News, monitored yesterday, said he apparently concluded that images of bin Laden bloodied by gunshots would do little to reassure skeptics but could inflame tensions in the Muslim world.

The debate over whether to release photos of bin Laden had consumed the White House over the last two days. Some senior officials said the release of photos was inevitable.

On Tuesday, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, said he did not think “there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public.”

But officials at the Pentagon and State Department expressed qualms about releasing gruesome photos of bin Laden’s bloodied corpse, with some arguing that the photos would not silence those who doubt that he was killed. Some lawmakers also opposed releasing the photos, arguing that doing so would serve little purpose and could endanger American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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