US will “ultimately” release pictures of bin-Laden’s body

May 4th, 2011 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 4 (ANI): Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta has said the Obama administration will “ultimately” release photographs of Osama bin-Laden’s body despite claims by the White House clams that it is still weighing a decision.

“The government obviously has been talking about how best to do this, but I don’t think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public,” Fox News quoted Panetta, as saying.

On being asked about the possibility of a photo being released, he said: “I think it will be. I don’t think you have to convince the world because of the DNA. I just think it’s important they know we have it.”

Senior White House officials, however, believe there still remain concerns over the sensitivities involved in taking the decision on releasing the pictures.

The paper quoted a U.S. official as saying that although releasing the pictures would help prove his death to skeptics, there is a reluctance over fears that he might be declared a “martyr.” Moreover, the White House also wants to avoid inflaming sentiment by showing graphic images of the body.

“It’s fair to say that it’s a gruesome photograph,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, adding that part of the consideration is that the photo “could be inflammatory.” (ANI)

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