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Publishing dead Osama's photos wouldn't have satisfied conspiracy theorists: Rogers

May 6, 2011 - Washington

The United States has decided not to release photographs of a dead Osama bin Laden since US officials believe, inter alia, that the most ardent disbelievers would not be swayed even by compelling evidence of his killing.

Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.

"Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored," The Wall Street Journal quoted Congressman Mike Rogers, Republican Chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, as saying.

In a different but related context, Pakistan faces a similar problem in the aftermath of the killing of bin Laden, the report said, adding that whatever it says, there will be plenty of people who will not buy it.


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