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The news comes in the wake of reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton had advised Obama about concerns that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the U.S.

Obama told “60 Minutes” … “The risks of release outweigh the benefits” … adding, “Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.”

Obama continued, “Imagine how the American people would react if al-Qaida killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet.”

“Osama bin Laden is not a trophy — he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until al-Qaida has been eliminated.”

Via:TMZ.com

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