President Barack Obama said he decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body because it could incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.
“We’ve done DNA sampling and testing, and so there was no doubt we had killed Osama bin Laden,” Obama said. “The fact is you will not see bin Laden walking on this Earth again.”
The Obama administration had been wrestling with whether to release photos of a dead bin Laden.
Obama added: “That’s not who we are. We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies.”
However, Gawker.com yesterday quoted Daniel Metcalfe, a former freedom of information expert for the government, as saying Obama could be forced to release the image if sued under FOI laws.