Video of the raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed and of his corpse being dropped into the North Arabian Sea from the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson could be made public, according to Pentagon and White House officials cited by numerous news organizations.
Video of the 40-minute raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden might have lived since 2005, as well as the ceremony, and perhaps photos of bin Laden’s corpse, will be released “cautiously,” according to Pentagon officials. Navy Seals killed the al Qaeda leader during the raid, but Department of Defense and White House officials have not said if there is any video of the direct encounter with bin Laden, or if there is, if it will be released.
Additional reports say the White House is considering releasing a photograph of Osama bin Laden’s corpse as early as May 3, 2011. The photograph is described as bloody and gruesome, with a bullet wound to his head above his left eye. There are concerns its release could be inflammatory, though officials also say it is important to put to rest any skepticism about the death of the man responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that left nearly 3,000 dead.