President Obama has decided not to release the death photos of Osama Bin Laden, NBC News is reporting. According to NBC:
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.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many of whom have seen the pictures taken by Navy SEALs, agreed with the president.
Jay Carney is likely to be questioned on the decision in the briefing, which will start momentarily.
The announcement comes one day after CIA Director Panetta said the photos would be released.