Obama won't release bin Laden photos 

After days of mixed signals, President Obama has told CBS's '60 Minutes' that he will not release the death photos of Osama bin Laden.

CBS reports:

"The risks of release outweigh the benefits," he said. "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."

"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," he continued. "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."

Just yesterday, CIA director Leon Panetta told NBC, "I don't think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public."

In the end, Panetta may turn out to be right. It wouldn't be surprising if the photo eventually appeared in public, even if it weren't officially released by the Obama administration.

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