The US fears that releasing the pictures would lead to attacks on American property and personnel. The matter was revealed by the Obama administration in court documents. This was in response to the lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group based on the Freedom of Information Act. They are seeking the release of the graphic images.
The Justice Department attorneys, meanwhile said that the CIA possessed 52 photographs and video recordings of the famed crackdown on Bin Laden on May 1. They argued that the release of the images could incite violence among Americans living abroad and could give away the techniques used by the CIA and the military and could lead to compromising the US security system.
The President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton accused the Obama government of making a "political decision" to not disclose the Bin Laden imagery and keeping it a secret. In a statement, he added, "We shouldn't throw out our transparency laws because complying with them might offend terrorists. The historical record of Osama bin Laden's death should be released to the American people as the law requires."