This message came in my email inbox this morning from a reliable source. Please note that President Obama will not be releasing any images of OBL photographs.
CBS News reports that the president “won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death,” which he will discuss more in an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s 60 Minutes.
“The risks of release outweigh the benefits,” Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told CBS News. “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.”
Rogers also verified he has seen the post-mortem photo of bin Laden, whose death at the hand of U.S. special forces was confirmed by the President last Sunday.
“Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet,” he added. “Osama bin Laden is not a trophy — he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaeda has been eliminated.”
But skeptics still want proof that the Al Qaeda leader — responsible for the 9/11 attacks — is really dead.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday, via CBS, that the photos could “inflame anti-American sentiment.”
CIA director Leon Panetta told NBC News that, “I don’t think there was any question that ultimately a photograph would be presented to the public.”
David Martin, CBS News national security correspondent, has been told the photographs are “very gruesome” and won’t be for the “squeamish.”
“I’ve had it described to me and it does sound very gruesome,” he said. “Remember, bin Laden was shot twice at close range, once in the chest and once in the head, right above his left eye, and that bullet opened his skull, exposing the brain, and it also blew out his eye. So these are not going to be pictures for the squeamish.”
Do not open any attachments from anyone purporting to have images of OBL.
Forward the message:
> Good afternoon
> The FBI released a statement to warn computer users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that claim to show photos or videos of Osama bin Laden’s recent death. This malicious software, or “malware,” is programmed to monitor your online banking sessions and collect personal identifiable information.
> An example that a I MEF Marine fell victim to is a file called Fotos_Osama_Bin_Laden.zip that is being spammed via e-mail and as links on Facebook, Youtube videos, and other sites. The archive file contains an executable called Fotos_Osama_Bin_Laden.exe and claims that the install is required to in order to view the photos. Running this file will not show pictures of a dead bin Laden. Instead it executes the banking trojan belonging to the Banload family. It will install itself on the system as (msapps\msinfo\42636.exe), then starts to monitor your online banking sessions and tries to redirect your payments to wrong accounts.
> It is detected by antivirus software as Trojan-Downloader:W32/Banload.BKHJ.
> Recommend you do the following:
> Do not agree to download software to view videos. These applications can infect your computer.
> Ensure you have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on your machines to detect and prevent malicious software from installing.
> Read e-mails you receive carefully. Fraudulent messages often feature misspellings, poor grammar, and nonstandard English.
> Adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites you frequent to make it more difficult for people you know and do not know to post content to your page. Even a “friend” can unknowingly pass on multimedia that’s actually malicious software.
> Symantec’s site displays an example of how this malware works at: