It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool, Obama said in an interview with 60 Minutes released by CBS News.
We don't trot out this stuff as trophies, he said.
He added that we don't need to spike the football, making a reference to a celebratory expression in the American sport.
Given the graphic nature of the photo it would create national security risk, he said.
Obama said that that there was an internal discussion within the administration, adding that we are absolutely certain that this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden.
He said there are going to be some folks who deny it.
The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again.
Obama and other administration officials were considering releasing the photo on Tuesday, according to reports.'
Also being considered for release at the time were videos from helmet cams of the Navy SEALS elite team that carried out the operation in a town just north of Islamabad, Pakistan, according to a report. The troops captured the mission on tape wearing the helmet cameras.
A photo shows a massive head wound above bin Laden's left eye where he was shot, with brains and blood visible, according a report by ABC News. Video released by the network shows heavily blood soaked carpets in a pair of rooms in the compound.
The U.S. team of Navy SEALs who raided the compound in helicopters were on the compound for less than 40 minutes and did not encounter any local authorities during the raid, according senior Obama Administration official.