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Photos of raid at Osama Bin Laden’s compound leaked

by Jorge Hernandez on May 5, 2011

Since the death of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden was first announced on Monday, there has been a growing debate over whether it would be wise to release the photos of his bloodied corpse. Many claim that they want conclusive proof of the raid, while others have said that the backlash to the release of the photos could prove disastrous. 

Now, just after President Obama said that the photos would not be released, several pictures of the raid – including a few graphic shots of dead men who are not bin Laden – have been leaked to Reuters through an anonymous source. Reuters reports that the photographer was a Pakistani security official who arrived on the scene about an hour after the event. Bin Laden's body was not among them, as Navy SEALs had removed it from the area.

Some Americans remain skeptical and reason that an official picture of Bin Laden wouldn't risk raising any more ire.

"It probably will be inflammatory," Clovis, California, resident Charles Stocks told Fox 26. "But the fact that he was killed and we did a surgical strike on him and shot him when he was unarmed is inflammatory too… so I don't think it's going to make that much of a difference."

However, terrorism expert Thomas Knowles explained to the news source that the release could pose a threat to troops.

"He was a threat to the U.S. and that threat has been eliminated – it would be ridiculous for anyone to believe that the government would come out and say that he's dead if he wasn't because then [bin Laden] would just come out tomorrow to show that the government has no credibility," Knowles said. "That's not going to happen."

There are currently doctored pictures of Osama Bin Laden circulating on the internet, showing him with a head wound, and some major Senators have seen the photograph and been tricked into believing it to be authentic, according to CNN.com.  

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