Even though President Obama said on Wednesday that he has decided not to release photos that show Osama Bin Laden dead, photos of three other men killed in the raid have surfaced.
The gruesome photos were published by the news wire organization Reuters and sent out Wednesday to its clients.
Reuters said it purchased the photographs from a Pakistani security official who entered the compound about an hour after the U.S. raid took place. The name of that official is not being revealed.
Reuters wrote in an article accompanying the photos:
Reuters is confident of the authenticity of the purchased images because details in the photos appear to show a wrecked helicopter from the assault, matching details from photos taken independently on Monday.
In a statement to The Huffington Post, Reuters defended its decision to publish the photos:
As this is a story of global importance, Reuters chose to share these photographs with its media clients and allow them to make editorial decisions on how they were used.
The White House would not comment on the Reuters photos, which are brutal, showing the men lying in pools of their own blood.
You can see them here, but be advised -- they are extremely graphic.