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. My name is I

    Get this:

    Sunday, May 1, 2011. Obama is huddled with his national security team in the White House Situation Room, receiving "real-time updates" on the mission to kill or capture the most wanted man in the world: Osama bin Laden.

    On the 1st photograph: President Obama and his staff "watch as U.S. Navy Seals fulfill an operation to capture and kill Osama bin Laden on may 1st.


    Now get this:

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Top officials got some things wrong in first comments on the bin Laden mission

    Asked about the initial erroneous details, Carney (White House Press Secretary) shrugged it off as part of the difficulty in disseminating information quickly on a chaotic situation taking place halfway around the world.

    "What is true is that we provided a great deal of information with great haste," Carney said, noting that some of the details came in "piece by piece" with frequent updates and elaboration.


    Question: How can any of the topofficials, I mean, sitting next to Obama watching "real time" as U.S. Navy Seals fulfill an operation to capture and kill Osama bin Laden on may 1st, have any difficulty disseminating information that they have seen with there own eyes ? Did the President and his staff see an armed Osama, yes or no ? Did they see women used as shields, yes or no ? Did they see Osama resist, yes or no ? What chaotic situation taking place halfway around the world ?

    Give me a break !

    May 4, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. sdb

    Wish all the media would stop showing photo after photo and different video footage of Osama from the past, it sickens me like you are making him an icon when he should never have any of this mega recognition. There was a job to be done and it's done, Post one consistent picture of him and then report the news...we know who the criminal was, we don't need to look at a photo album of him, it's hurtful to all those that have suffered under his terrorism that you constantly are searching for more pictures and footage to get one up on other reporters!!!!!! Makes me sick!!!! No picture of him dead needs to be released, you are only feeding in to the public wanting to see more by all the pictures and footage you are showing, STOPPPPPPPPPPP!

    May 4, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. shahrukh

    according to picture ,
    its look like a good work of adobe photoshop.
    if usama sahb No more than left than why are u people Hidden his death pictures,
    Obama can watch the Live Raid than why nt this movie release oN channal so that people ..
    I think u r understnd

    May 4, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. 3rd ID

    I want to SPECIFY, the troops, the men that were the actual military personell that landed into that compound are the ones that DESERVE the "Dead or alive" reward... There were services involved, there were other organizations involved. BUT!!!! WHO went to do the job.. The posting was no different from the western days (THANKS Pres. Bush) how shall we say "DEAD or ALIVE" well according to how that works its about who brings him in IN THAT STATE! Dead or alive. well it happen to be whatever team in reality did it. We as New Yorkers would love to know BUT then again, pride and honor to our country and the job of our blessed special forces. WE dont need to know, but bless those that DO those kinds of missions. They earned more than the reward...

    May 4, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • J Staley

      Let's see, our SEALS shot him when he was UNARMED. How many people on Sept 11 were armed? How many in the London Tube bombing were ARMED? The train bomb in Madrid? The list goes on and on. None of these people were armed! He is lucky to have our men take him out so cleanly. No torture, no beheading. The administration is on it's back foot over this "unarmed" comment. Time to set the record straight. Mr. Obama, tell your press secretary to toughen up!!

      May 4, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. John Normal

    Yeah, what that guy just wrote is sooo obviously stupid. He must belong to some currently unfashionable group of people that have an ideology that I and my peers take great pleasure in vilifying. Who wants to help me throw poo at him ?

    May 4, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Prdee

    Kudos to the SEALS.USA u have done right ,at times is best not to trust ur partner.Now leave to PaK to handle the no.2.How many safe houses are built for him?Only ISI will know.

    May 4, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. nk

    pakees still allowing pro-osama processions by people like hafeez saeed

    May 4, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ruslan

    Who ist top Terorist in the World ???
    List of countries the USA has bombed since the end of WWII: China 1945-46,Korea 1950-53,China 1950-53,Guatemala 1954,Indonesia 1958,Cuba 1959-60,Guatemala 1960,Belgian Congo 1964,Guatemala 1964,Dominican Republic 1965-66,Peru 1965, Laos 1964-73,Vietnam 1961-73,Cambodia 1969-70,Guatemala 1967-69,Lebanon 1982-84,Grenada 1983-84,Libya 1986,El Salvador 1981-92,Nicaragua 1981-90,Iran 1987-88,Libya 1989,Panama 1989-90,Iraq 1991,Kuwait 1991,Somalia 1992-94,Bosnia 1995,Iran 1998,Sudan 1998,Afghanistan 1998,Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999,Afghanistan 2001,Libya 2011

    May 4, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Frix

      truly a sad record of history.
      repulsive the media hype, the hate and unforgiveness of the people,
      monstrous the demand to see the killing
      As an American I am ashamed.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. J Staley

    Unarmed? How many people on Sept 11 were armed? How many people in the London Tube bombing were armed? How many in the Madrid train bombing were armed? He is lucky our SEALS took him out so cleanly, no torture, no beheading!
    No spectacle.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Candie B.D.B Girl

    Hooray! To our troops. But why is BARACK OBAMA getting all the credit for something someelse done Typical polictic. OBAMA needs to worried more about Our Econamic SITUATION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFETY than his Image in TRYIN TO GET OUR VOTE FOR THE 2012 ELECTION. By GETTIN CREDIT IN THE KILLING DEATH OF 0BL, and bring Back OUR TROOPS TO THIER FAMILIES. THNX

    May 4, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      He is commander in chief. It was one of his main goals. It its his duty to tell the american people. Others speculate if he gets credit.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. N. Douglass

    We dont need proof that hes dead, how about proof that he is alive? Maybe a video of him holding up today's newspaper or and iphone 4 in the coming months

    May 4, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Dyson

    I think that the U.S. needs to show the world the photos of Osama Bin Ladens dead body and burial, so that the American people with know without any doubt that he is really dead. This will also quiet all of his followers.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Show the pics!! I remember waking up one morning and turning the tv on to a burning building! I was in ah!!Within minutes I watched a second plain hit! And as I here news of other plane crashes I will NEVER FORGET watching people jump to there deaths just before I watched those buildings collapse! God bless America ...(:

    May 4, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Candie B.D.B Girl

    My 10yr old GRANDSON ask this Morning, why if 0BL was KILLED WHY Pres,0bama GETTING CREDIT FOR IT. HE said 0ur Troops DYING TO DEFEND AMERICA AND THEY are 0ur Real HERO not Obama NOR his family with his wife. Doing all this school EXCERCISE VIDEO and VACATIONIG WITH money they can use to help economic problem. Tell 0bama A real Man go FIGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY NOT HIDE BEHIND A SKIRT.BRING OUR TROOPS BACK HOME. MR.0BAMA AND MR.BUSH UR BOTH NEED TO GO OUT THERE AND STAND IN WAR ZONE LAND WITHOUT OUR MILITARY, SEE HOW FAST UR TWO WILL RUN. UR NOT REAL MAN...

    May 4, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Angela

    I think if Osama were still alive, he would be all to quick to prove america to be liars and show proof of his being alive.
    I think it's not necessary for america to view photos of his death, if he is not dead, it will come out.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
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