Email shows effort to shield Osama bin Laden photos

Feb 11, 2014, 08:09 IST | Agencies

An email reveals US military's top special operations officers order to destroy photographs of the al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden

Washington: A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden, the US military's top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's corpse or turn them over to the CIA.

US President Barack Obama holds a photograph of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden. File pic

The email was obtained by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch. It shows that Adm. William McRaven, who heads the US Special Operations Command, told military officers on May 13, 2011, that photos of bin Laden's remains should have been sent to the CIA or already destroyed.

Bin Laden was killed by a special operations team in Pakistan 11 days earlier.

McRaven's order came 10 days after he was asked by the media for the photos and other documents under the US Freedom of Information Act.

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