Panetta says he thinks bin Laden photo eventually will be released
Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda's leader, seen in an undated photo.
May 3rd, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Panetta says he thinks bin Laden photo eventually will be released

[Updated at 10:33 p.m.] Vice President Joe Biden commended the team responsible for taking down Osama bin Laden in a stealth operation that showed "there's no place you can hide" from the United States.

"It was a staggering undertaking and there was no one else, I believe, other than an American group of military warriors who could do it. And the world is a safer place today, not only for the American people but for all people," Biden said in a speech at the 2011 Atlantic Council Awards Dinner in Washington.

He also said he was a little surprised by the overwhelming global reaction and offered prayers to victims of terror worldwide.

"They remain in our thoughts and our prayers. But I think one clear message has gone out to the world - there’s no place to hide, no place you can hide. The United States decides, from one administration to the next, that we will in fact reach a goal, we are determined and we will relentlessly without any hesitation follow on that commitment. Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter."

[Updated at 7:08 p.m.] CIA Director Leon Panetta said Tuesday he thinks a photograph of Osama bin Laden's body will be released at some point, but that it is up to the White House to make the final call.

[Updated at 6:39 p.m.] A few U.S. congressional staffers who received a briefing Tuesday about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan were shown photos of bin Laden's body, a congressional source familiar with the briefing said, according to CNN congressional producer Deirdre Walsh.

One staffer who reviewed the photos suggested they might be too graphic for public release, according to the source.

U.S. officials are weighing whether to release an image of bin Laden's corpse.

[Updated at 6:18 p.m.] A widely distributed photo of a dead Osama bin Laden is fake. A photographer consulted by CNN said the gruesome photograph is most definitely not real, and the Guardian newspaper in Britain reported the picture is actually a combination of two photographs.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are weighing whether to release an actual image of bin Laden's corpse.

"I'll be candid that there are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden in the aftermath of this firefight," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday. "We're making an evaluation about the need to do that."

[Updated at 5:03 p.m.] U.S. commandos shot Osama bin Laden when he made a threatening move during the Americans' raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a U.S. official said, according to CNN's Pam Benson.

Earlier today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said bin Laden was not armed when U.S. forces shot and killed him.

When Benson asked the first U.S. official whether bin Laden tried to grab a weapon or physically attack a commando, the official said only, "He didn't hold up his hands and surrender."

Recapping the five compound occupants who U.S. officials say were killed in the assault: Bin Laden; two al Qaeda couriers; one woman; and a son of bin Laden. A second woman - one of bin Laden's wives - was shot in the leg, but not killed, after she rushed the commandos, Carney said earlier today.

The woman who was killed was shot "in crossfire" on the first floor where the couriers were killed, and it's not clear whether anyone was using her as a human shield, Carney told reporters today.

The official who spoke to Benson said no other person - dead or alive - besides bin Laden was taken from the compound.

[Updated at 4:10 p.m.] The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday praising intelligence and military officials for the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m.] A fuller account of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: He said two teams of U.S. Navy SEALs cleared two buildings, one of which was a three-story building where bin Laden was living with another family. A third family lived in the second building, Carney said.

In bin Laden's building, three people were killed on the first floor, including two al Qaeda couriers and a woman "who was killed in crossfire," Carney said. Carney said it's unclear whether anyone used the woman as a human shield; U.S. officials previously said that a woman was used as such.

The U.S. team found bin Laden in a room with one of his wives on one of the upper floors, Carney said. Bin Laden's wife rushed the U.S. commandos, and was shot in leg but not killed, he said. Bin Laden resisted and was shot and killed, Carney said.

Carney said bin Laden wasn't armed. When asked Tuesday why the decision was made to shoot and kill bin Laden if he was not armed, Carney responded that "he resisted" and that the U.S. personnel "handled themselves with the utmost professionalism." He did not explain how bin Laden resisted.

On Monday, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, said bin Laden was resisting and had a weapon, though he added that it was unclear whether bin Laden had fired a shot.

[Updated at 2:50 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says that it's unclear whether anyone in Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, used a woman as a human shield during the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden early Monday. One woman was among five compound occupants - including bin Laden - who were killed in the raid, U.S. officials have said.

A different woman who was shot in the leg - previously identified by U.S. officials as a wife of bin Laden - had tried to assault or charge the U.S. commandos, Carney said.

[Updated at 2:29 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the United States has a "complicated but important relationship" with Pakistan. Top administration officials have been in regular contact with the Pakistani government, he said.

"The idea that these kinds of complications exist is not new," he said.

"There has also been a great deal of important cooperation" in the fight against Islamic extremism, Carney said. He warned against "tarring" everyone in Pakistan's government because of the revelation that bin Laden had been living so close to Islamabad.

American officials need to learn more about the "support network" that allowed bin Laden to live there, he said.

[Posted at 2:27 p.m.] Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was shot and killed by U.S. forces in the assault on his compound in Pakistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

The al Qaeda leader resisted the assault on his compound, Carney said, adding: "I think resistance does not require a firearm."

Carney described how the U.S. Navy SEALs carrying out the operation went floor-to-floor clearing the three-story compound where bin Laden's family lived with another family.

Three people were killed on the first floor, including a woman, and then the U.S. forces moved upstairs where they found bin Laden, Carney said.

"Bin Laden was then shot and killed," Carney said. "He was not armed."

On Monday, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, said bin Laden was resisting and had a weapon, though it was unclear if bin Laden had fired a shot.

soundoff (930 Responses)
  1. Oz

    here is a link to a story that is pretty interesting to say the least..................CUT AND PASTE INTO BROWSER


    May 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. w

    let us not forget the power of one individual with an idea!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • john mikeals

      nobody deserves to die like this.....

      May 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Mecrackin

      who? Columbus?

      May 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DanoDano

    Who gives a shirt wether he was armed. Go SEALS!!! Go get the rest of them !!!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruth milcarek

      now they are talking about torture tactics to get information. Wow Osama Didn't torture the people in the twin towers, he just simply had them all killed. He was just like Hitler. And he put our country so much in debt going after him. I hope he rots in Hell and all his followers.

      May 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • john percer

      he was armed with a bong and a large nugget of hashish....

      May 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. topCat

    It is wonderful that he is fianally dead – but the sideline comments about incompetancy of the pakistani's etc, isn't serving anybody. the idiotic speculations of the correspondent that bin ladin was hiding "in plain sight" is rediculous. and the sinsational reporting or the reporting razor wire on the walls – it is obviously simple low grade barb wire. I have seen razor wire in downtown USA. Sorry – I just get so fed up with sensationalist journalism.

    Let's rejoice in his death and leave it be known that we in the USA aren't gullible.

    Our intelligence and military desrve much kudos, and although i am not an Obama fan, he deserves a hand for making a decieive gutsy move. Hurray USA.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lunalilo

    Post the pictures! Show the rest of the murderers of USA citizens what happens when SEALS find you.

    I hope they all hear THE HOWL OF THE SEAL!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Just release the photos. We saw the plans going in to the world trade center time and time again. Just show us the photos of him dead. It's the right thing to do. Who cares if he was armed or unarmed no one on 9/11 was either.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oz

    Here is a Interesting article to say the least............This is why you need to SHOW PROOF.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      What are you talking about......for real!

      May 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously Folks

      So OZ? Hows the tin man doing?

      May 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. biorsel

    Well the way it looks, he didnot raise both arm but one fingure at the SEAL! Thanks to the SEAL that just save tax payer millions of dollars if we capture this raghead alive...

    May 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CA

    Your commentator in Pakistan, near the compound, has mentioned the farmers fields planted right up to the compound walls several times. Could it be that those same farmers were planting food close enough for the residents to have food without going far to get it?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • leibao

      The pakistani wish bin laden to live forever so that they can continue get aids from US

      May 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GWP

    3000 people were unarmed and did not hold up their hands. Maybe the Seals should have rang the door bell too. Talk about lame and pathetic!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SUSAN

      You are so right on!!! Those people who died did nothing to anyone, they didn't get the burial they deserve, some were never even found, I hope some one kicked his butt off that ship, not gently lowered him into the water...come on!

      May 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Thank God for navy seals. Not sure why some leftys are bitter over this. They just plane hate this country

    May 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyberdog

      Hmm... bitter about murder, violations of international and military law, lies, deceit, manipulation and conspiracy. Gee, I don't know, why would anyone be bitter?!?

      May 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. usalover

    no more money for pakistan keep it we need it here. Pakistan is palying game with us America

    May 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SUSAN

    The White House says it may upset Al Qaida if the picture of OBL dead is put on t.v.? WHAT? You mean they aren't mad yet?? Come on!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. usalover

    no more money for Pakistan

    May 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GaryO

    I wonder why they['re completely silent on the 2nd SEAL team who cleared the 2nd building where the 3rd family lived. Any resistance? Anyone home? Anyone killed? Who lived there? For that matter, who was this 2nd family who lived in the same house as Bin Ladin? Obviously, they know who was there. Are they dead too?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
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