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US lawmaker says risk of photo release too high

KIMBERLY DOZIER - Associated Press,PAULINE JELINEK - Associated Press
4 May 2011
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 2, 2011, to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 2, 2011, to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden.

cbs: in interview, obama has decided he will not release death photos of osama bin laden.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican who has seen the death photo of Osama bin Laden says releasing the picture publicly could endanger U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

Rep. Mike 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.

Rogers released a statement Wednesday opposing release, as the White House debates whether to publish a picture described by several sources as gruesome. It shows part of the skull blown off, those sources say.

Sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the photo is part of a classified investigation.