Although President Barack Obama has said he will not release images of a deceased Osama Bin Laden because they are gruesome and shouldn't be treated like a "trophy," photos have been released from the daring operation in Pakistan.
It's not clear if these photos were officially released by the Obama Administration or if they were leaked by an individual with access.
The first three images are from Reuters and were just published by the Daily Mail in London. However, the Daily Mail has decided to pixellate the images because they are gruesome in nature.
The first image is thought to be Bin Laden's trusted courier. The second man is unknown at this time, while the third image is thought to be Bin Laden's 20-year-old son, Khalid Bin Laden.
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(***WARNING --- Two non-pixellated photos appear below. They are very graphic in nature.)
President Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes and explained his reasoning for not releasing the Bin Laden photos...
STEVE KROFT: Did you see the pictures?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yes.
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KROFT: What was your reaction when you saw them?
OBAMA: It was him.
KROFT: Why haven't you released them?
OBAMA: You know, we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama Bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool. You know, that's not who we are.
You know, we don't trot out this stuff as trophies. You know, the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received. And I think-- Americans and people around the world are glad that he's gone. But we don't need to spike the football. And I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk. And I've discussed this with Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton and my intelligence teams and they all agree.
KROFT: There are people in Pakistan, for example, who say, "Look, this is all a lie. Obama, this is another American trick. Osama's not dead."
OBAMA: You know, the truth is that and we - we're monitoring worldwide reaction. There's no doubt that Bin Laden is dead. Certainly there's no doubt among Al Qaeda members that he is dead. And so we don't think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference. There are going be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this Earth again.