Want to see secret Osama bin Laden photos? Run for Congress 

Congressional members of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees have been offered a chance to see the photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse, according to NBC News.

Heather Molino, a spokeswoman for US Rep. CA Dutch Ruppersberger, notes that the Congressman plans to visit the CIA this week to view the photos.

Last week, President Obama ended speculation that the photos would eventually be released to the public, prompting press outlets such as Fox News, Politico, the Associated Press and NPR to file FOIA requests.

"We're not deciding in advance to publish this material," said Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press.  "We would like our journalists, who are working very hard, to see this material and then we'll decide what's publishable and what's not publishable based on the possibility that it's inflammatory."

Dick Meyer, the executive editor of National Public Radio told Atlantic Wire that, "At this point, it's hard to see any of [Obama's] reasons trumping the public's right to see it and the press's right to publish it."

Once shrouded in secrecy, it appears that the bin Laden photos now serve as a CIA peep show for elected officials. The rational against releasing the photos will be diminished as the parlor game of "who has" and "who hasn't" seen the photos consumes Washington political leaders.

At this point, how long before the photos show up on Wikileaks?

 

 

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