In an interview with CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes”, President Barack Obama says he won’t release the Osama bin Laden images taken to prove his death.
It’s been a key issue for Obama and one that has caused controversy and debate around the U.S. and the world.
Releasing the images could dispel doubts that bin Laden is indeed dead. The worry, though, is that it would feed anti-U.S. sentiment.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., among the lawmakers who had the images described to him, played down concerns. “They’re not going to scare people off,” he said. “Nothing more than you’d expect with a person with a bullet in his head.”
The White House confirms two sets of bin Laden pictures, graphically showing a gunshot to the head, do exist.
Meanwhile, people at Ground Zero joined in the photo debate.
“Personally, I think they should release the photo and put it to rest,” Vincent Merry of Crown Heights told CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport.
“I think people want to see them,” one woman said.
Obama is scheduled to visit Ground Zero on Thursday to mark the end to one of history’s most intense manhunts and to remember anew the victims 9/11.