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Obama decides against releasing bin Laden death photos

By the CNN Wire Staff
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WH: No plans to release bin Laden photos
  • White House spokesman says the decision came after a full discussion
  • "We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Carney quotes Obama as saying
  • Security interests a major factor in the decision, Carney says

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama has decided not to release any of the photographs of "the deceased Osama bin Laden," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

The decision came after a lengthy discussion with top Cabinet and security officials, Carney said, reiterating "there is no doubt we killed Osama bin Laden."

Carney cited security concerns as well as the desire to avoid a perception of U.S. gloating.

"We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Carney quoted Obama as saying in an interview earlier Wednesday with the CBS program "60 Minutes."

Carney: bin Laden burial respectful

"This is somebody deserving of the justice he received," Obama said in the interview, according to Carney. "But we don't need to spike the football."

In particular, Carney cited a heightened national security risk from release of the photos and said Obama's top priority remained the safety of Americans at home and abroad.

"There's a discussion to be had about pros and cons, and the president engaged in that discussion and made the decision," Carney said.

Later, he said: "There is no question at all that Osama bin Laden is dead. He will not walk this Earth again."