Updated with information regarding the possible release of the photos of Osama Bin Laden's dead body.



) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration are debating Tuesday whether to publicly release any of the three sets of images taken of Osama Bin Laden's dead body.


reported the government has a number of photos depicting Bin Laden after he was shot dead by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan on Sunday night.

A U.S. official told the news network that the government has three sets of photos, the first being taken of Bin Laden at a hangar in Afghanistan, which contains the most recognizable image of Bin Laden's face, the official said. However Bin Laden's body is reportedly bloody and mangled in the image, which clearly shows a massive open head wound above his eyes where he was shot.

The second set of photos were reportedly taken during the burial in the North Arabian Sea on the USS Carl Vinson. They depict Bin Laden's body before and after it was wrapped in a shroud.

The third set includes photos of the actual raid,


said, citing the U.S. official. This set includes photos of the two dead men and Bin Laden's dead son, Khalid as well as some images of the inside of the compound.

"They are reviewing information and already made a great deal of it public. They are still reviewing the pictures and video to see if it's appropriate to be released," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

The government is trying to decide whether to release the image that clearly depicts Bin Laden's dead body because it may be considered too graphic and inflammatory.

"There are sensitivities in terms of releasing photographs of Osama Bin Laden," Carney said. "It's fair to say that it's a gruesome photograph."

The government may want to release the images to further confirm his death, following reports of skepticism from around the world but there's also the worry that the photos could ignite anti-American sentiment.

"We are looking at releasing additional information, details about the raid as well as any other types of material, possibly including photos," U.S. counterterrorism chief John Brennan said on "Good Morning America." "We want to understand exactly what the possible reaction might be to the release of this information."

The government is also considering the release of video footage from the raid, obtained by cameras that were affixed to the helmets of the Navy SEALS who were on the mission.

Through these "helmet cams," Obama and the Central Intelligence Agency were able to remotely monitor the situation as the mission took place.

"We were able to monitor on a real-time basis the progress of the operation, from its commencement, to its time on target, to the extraction of the remains," Brennan said in a White House news briefing on Monday. "We were able to have regular updates to ensure that we had real-time visibility into the progress of the operation."

Following the raid, Bin Laden's body was taken to an American warship then buried at sea.

"Any types of material related to the raid, we need to make sure that we make the right decisions. What we don't want to do is to compromise potential future operations by releasing certain things, so we're looking at all of this and making the right decisions," Brennan said.


Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston


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