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May 22, 2022

Admiral’s e-mail on photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse: ‘Destroy them’

Within two weeks of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the head of U.S. special forces issued orders that all photos of the body be either turned in or destroyed, a newly released document shows, CNN informs. In an e-mail dated May 13, 2011, then-Vice Adm. William McRaven wrote the following: “One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs remains. At this point – all photos should have been turned over to the CIA; if you still have them destroy them immediately or get them to the [redacted.]”
The e-mail was obtained by the conservative activist group Judicial Watch, which has called for the public release of photos of the raid in Pakistan that killed the al Qaeda leader. The e-mail, which was almost entirely redacted, was released under a Freedom of Information Act request. Days before McRaven’s instructions, Judicial Watch had filed a FOIA request for such photos, and hours before, they filed a lawsuit, according to the group’s president, Tom Fitton.

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