Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama has decided not to release photos of Osama bin Laden’s body as evidence of his death, an administration official briefed by the White House told CNN Wednesday.
The decision settles the debate over whether to release the images, though Obama’s choice is sure to garner criticism.
Earlier, two top senators involved in national security said the photos of bin Laden’s corpse should be released.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, who chairs the Armed Services Committee — and who has not seen the photos — said the United States should wait to allow the emotions of people around the world who may be sympathetic to bin Laden to cool down.
"I’d let a little time pass so we that we don’t play into the hands of people who want to retaliate with what obviously will be a sensational picture. I would not want to feed that sensation so I’d wait days or weeks," he said.