US mulls releasing pictures of Osama’s corpse
Key US lawmakers think that releasing the photographs would put speculations at rest and prove that the Al Qaeda chief is dead
The White House on Tuesday said it was weighing whether to release pictures of Osama bin Laden’s corpse to put at rest speculations and disbeliefs in some quarters about the death of world’s most wanted fugitive.
“We are going to do everything we can to make sure that nobody has any base to try to deny that we got Osama bin Laden,” Deputy National Security Advisor for Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan told reporters.
“And so, therefore, the releasing of information and whether that includes photographs -- this is something to be determined,” he said.
His remarks came after some key US lawmakers said releasing the photographs would put speculations at rest and prove that the Al Qaeda chief is dead.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman made the demand, saying it was necessary to release the picture -- as gruesome as they undoubtedly will be because he has been shot in the head -- to quell any doubts that this somehow is a ruse that the American government has carried out.
Backing the demand, another Senator Susan Collins said the photographs would silence those who will try to generate a myth that bin Laden is alive.
She also called that an edited video tape and the DNA test carried out on bin Laden should also be released.
Pakistani electronic media on Monday created a flutter by circulating a fake photograph of bin Laden’s body after he had been shot. Later, they apologised and retracted the picture.
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