The government watchdog group Judicial Watch had requested the Defense Department and CIA release any photos or video footage of the May 1 2011 operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan
A federal judge on Thursday refused to order the Obama administration to release photographs and videos of the operation that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden last year. "A picture may be worth a thousand words,"
US District Judge James Boasberg wrote. "Yet, in this case, verbal descriptions of the death and burial of Osama Bin Laden will have to suffice, for this Court will not order the release of anything more."
After bin Laden was killed in a daring raid by US Navy SEALs at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011, President Barack Obama decided that no photos or videos of the operation or the slain terror leader would be publicly released.
"We don't need to spike the football and I think that given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk," Obama told CBS' "60 Minutes." "We don't trot out this stuff as trophies."
Government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request the day after bin Laden was killed asking the CIA and the Department of Defense to publicly release photographs and video of the raid.(newscore)