Fake Bin Laden photo being circulated among US Senators

Washington, May 5 : Several US senators have seen a photo of what appears to be a dead Osama bin Laden, but it is unclear if the photograph is authentic.

Senator Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that he saw a photograph that showed Osama Bin Laden after he was shot.

“I was shown a photo by an individual that was represented to be a photo of bin Laden after he was shot. It appeared to be an accurate photo, it was not the official photo. I had not seen an official photograph of him,” The Politico quoted Chambliss, as saying.

Senator Kelly Ayotte, a member of the Armed Services Committee, also said she initially thought she saw an authentic photo of a dead bin Laden, which was passed along by another senator.

But now she knows that was not an official photograph.

“I do not know whether or not it’s authentic. The important thing is if it’s going to be an authentic photo that it would be released by the administration and that’s the proper course of action here,” said Ayotte.

Similarly, Senator Scott Brown also said he saw an unofficial Bin Laden death photograph.

“The photo that I saw and that a lot of other people saw is not authentic,” said Brown.

President Barack Obama has recently announced that he would not publicly release Osama death photos, expressing concerns that they might incite extremists to retaliate. (ANI)