Sen. Mark Udall, who on Monday afternoon viewed photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, said he was glad for the opportunity but said he stands by President Obama’s decision to release them to the public.
“This was not something I looked forward to,” said the Colorado Democrat. “But I believe that by ensuring that two branches of the United States government have access to the photos, we have eliminated the potential that anyone could ever question — now or in the future — whether this terrorist has been brought to justice.
The Obama administration in recent days allowed members of congressional committees that oversee intelligence agencies to view the photos.
“After seeing the photos, I still agree with the president’s decision not to make them public,” said Mr. Udall, a member of the Senate’s Select Intelligence and Armed Services committees. “Bin Laden’s body is not a trophy, and such a move could inflame jihadists and put our nation and our allies at risk.”
Mr. Udall’s staff wouldn’t say where the senator saw the photos, though the Associated Press has reported they are being kept at CIA headquarters.
Sen. Roy Blunt via Twitter Monday said he also saw the photos and said he has “no doubt that bin Laden is dead.”