US mulls releasing pics of Laden`s corpse

The US believes releasing images of Osama`s dead corpse would end speculations in some quarters.

Updated: May 03, 2011, 13:00 PM IST

Washington: The White House Tuesday said
that it was weighing whether to release pictures of Osama bin Laden`s corpse to put at rest speculations and disbeliefs in some quarters about the death of world`s most wanted fugitive.

"We are going to do everything thing we can to make
sure that no body had bases to try to deny that we got Osama
bin Laden," Deputy National Security Advisor for Counter-
terrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan told reporters.

"And so, therefore, the releasing of information and
whether that includes photographs -- this is something to be
determined," he said.

His remarks came after some key US lawmakers said
releasing the photographs would put speculations at rest and
prove that al-Qaeda chief is dead.

Sentae Homeland Security Committee chairman Joseph
Lieberman made the demand, saying it was necessary to release
the picture - as gruesome as they undoubtedly will be because he has been shot in the head - to quell any doubts that this somehow is a ruse that the American government has carried out.
Backing the demand, another Senator Susan Collins said
the photographs would silence those who will try to generate a
myth that bin Laden is alive.

She also called that an edited video tape and the DNA
test carried out on bin Laden should also be released.
Pakistani electronic media yesterday created a flutter
by circulating a fake photograph of bin Laden`s body after he
had been shot.

Later, the media apologized and retracted the picture.