During the CBS programme 60 Minutes, the President said, "I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk."
The president continues his statement, "It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool."
"There's no doubt that Bin Laden is dead. And so we don't think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference. There are going be some folks who deny it. The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again," added Obama.
However, earlier America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirmed that the postmortem photograph of Osama, who was killed in a clandestine operation by an elite troop of Navy SEALS will indeed be published.
CIA chief Leon Panetta had stated, "The bottom line is that, you know, we got bin Laden and I think we have to reveal to the rest of the world the fact that we were able to get him and kill him. The government obviously has been talking about how best to do this, but I don't think there's any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public."
"Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the Internet," said Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. "Osama bin Laden is not a trophy. He is dead, and let's now focus on continuing the fight until al-Qaeda has been eliminated" he added.