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Obama won't release photo of bin Laden

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the White House will not release a photo of Osama bin Laden's body.

Obama made the remarks during an interview Wednesday with CBS' "60 Minutes."

The White House had been weighing the release of a photo, in part to offer proof that bin Laden was killed during a raid on his compound early Monday. However, officials had cautioned that the photo was gruesome and could be inflammatory.

A top Republican who has seen the death photo of bin Laden is agreeing with the decision not to release the photo.

Congressman Mike Rogers says releasing the picture publicly could endanger U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the picture could inflame anti-U.S. sentiments around the world and hamper intelligence cooperation with the United States. He says conspiracy theorists won't be persuaded no matter what the U.S. does.

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