May 3, 2011 3:29 PM by Greg Boyce

White House considers releasing "gruesome" photo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the photograph of a dead Osama bin Laden is "gruesome" and that "it could be inflammatory" if released.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the White House is mulling whether to make the photo public, but he said officials are concerned about the "sensitivity" of doing so. Carney said there is a discussion internally about the most appropriate way to handle but "there is not some roiling debate here about this."

Asked if President Barack Obama is involved in the photo discussion, Carney said the president is involved in every aspect of this issue.  As U.S. officials consider whether to release graphic photos and other evidence that Osama bin Laden is dead, the Afghan Taliban are voicing some doubts.

A spokesman for the Taliban says the talk of bin Laden's death is "premature," and that the U.S. hasn't presented any "convincing evidence" of it.

U.S. officials want to put an end to that kind of talk, without inflaming Muslim anger around the world.




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