Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton had advised Obama about concerns that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the U.S. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy — he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until al-Qaida has been eliminated.” Says President Obama. More after the jump..
Obama told “60 Minutes” … “The risks of release outweigh the benefits, conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”
Obama continued, “Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet.”
“Osama bin Laden is not a trophy — he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until al-Qaida has been eliminated.
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