White House Mulls Releasing Bin Laden Photos

Originally published on May 4, 2011 9:21 am
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NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO: White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the photos of Osama bin Laden are gruesome.

JAY CARNEY: There are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama Bin Laden.

SHAPIRO: He said one key question was whether the images could be inflammatory. Then a few hours later, CIA director Leon Panetta told "NBC Nightly News" that the photographs will be released.

LEON PANETTA: The bottom line is that we got bin Laden and I think we have to reveal to the rest of the world the fact that we were able to get him and kill him.

SHAPIRO: Carney also said bin Laden's wife was shot in the leg, not fatally, as White House officials initially said.

CARNEY: We provided a great deal of information with great haste, in order to inform you and through you, the American public. And obviously some of the information came in piece by piece and is being reviewed and updated and elaborated upon.

SHAPIRO: Ari Shapiro, NPR News, the White House. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.