Some U.S. lawmakers are being given the chance to view the gruesome photos of Osama Bin Laden's corpse after he was killed by U.S. forces in northern Pakistan, according to reports.
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on intelligence will be able to see the photos at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va, according to Fox News.
Politico reported that Sen. Joe Lieberman, who sites on the SASC committee has accepted the opportunity.
He was asked if the photos would offer some closure. He said: In a way.
The SASC top Democrat is Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and the top Republican is Sen. John McCain of Arizona. The SSCI's top Democrat is Sen. Diane Feinstein of California and the top Republican is Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.
President Barack Obama had previously said the U.s. would not release the photos, citing a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East.
White House spokesman Jay carney has previously said it's a gruesome photograph.
There are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs, Carney said before the final decision was made.