According to CNN, Barack Obama will be releasing at least one photo of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse, a somewhat surprising decision given that Bin Laden was shot in the head, making any pictures probably fairly graphic.
There are three sets of pictures: photos of Osama’s body in an aircraft hanger shortly after the raid, photos from the raid, and photos of the burial at sea. No word yet on which set the released photo will be coming from, but the official speaking to CNN did admit that the most identifying photo is also the most graphic, due to the shot to the head.
You have to wonder what the point of releasing the photo is, since people who are crying conspiracy probably aren’t going to be swayed by a photo since they will probably claim it’s been manipulated. Most reasonable people already believe, and the ones who don’t probably can’t be reached. Possibly releasing pictures of Bin Laden’s corpse could give some people closure however, so it’s possible it’s worth it for that reason.
Also, it’s important to remember that no photos or videos have been released as of yet, so if you see anything claiming to have them you should be wary. People are already taking advantage of the situation and putting viruses and other nasty things on Facebook and similar channels through links claiming to have the kill video or death photos. Once any photos or videos are officially released we’ll be updating, and they won’t be hard to find through legitimate outlets.