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White House mulls release of graphic Osama photo

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration was still debating Tuesday whether to release gruesome images of Osama bin Laden's corpse, balancing efforts to demonstrate to the world that he was dead against the risk that the images could provoke further anti-U.S. sentiment.

Late Tuesday, CBS News producer John Nolen asked CIA Director Leon Panetta about releasing the photo.

"I think it will be," Panetta said. But the "White House makes the final decision."

White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier Tuesday that officials are concerned about the "sensitivity" of doing making it public. Carney, who described the photo as "gruesome," said there is a discussion internally about the most appropriate way to handle but "there is not some roiling debate here about this."

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Asked if President Barack Obama is involved in the photo discussion, Carney said the president is involved in every aspect of this issue.

Carney urged reporters to be patient and said there is no timeline for a decisions, CBS News' Mark Knoller reports.


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