White House to Release Osama Bin Laden Death Photo

Two days after Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces, he remains dead. (As far as we know.) A photo is likely forthcoming, as U.S. intelligence pores over Osama's hard drive.

Updated: 4:35pm

In lieu of the still-forthcoming (?) death photo, reporters have engaged in a contest to see who can describe the photo in the most depth. CNN's Jessica Yellin probably wins: She reports that there are actually three sets of photos, including a picture of Bin Laden's body "at a hangar after he was brought back to Afghanistan." She writes: "The picture is gruesome because he has a massive open head wound across both eyes. It's very bloody and gory." There are also photos of the burial at sea, and of the raid itself.

  • In a press conference this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney provided the newest official account of the raid. As expected, it is much different than the previous account of Bin Laden shooting at U.S. forces from behind his human-shield wife: Bin Laden was unarmed and did not use a human shield. His wife was shot in the leg when she charged commandos, but survived. Now we wait for more information to emerge that contradicts all the previous information.
  • Some killjoys were saying that Bin Laden's death would unleash a backlash of attacks. Hasn't happened yet, but a massive explosion has just been reported by journalists in Kabul, Afghanistan. And at home, Samsung's U.S. headquarters were evacuated after a Bin Laden-related bomb threat.
  • A new OBL conspiracy theory, which David Weigel calls "Mirtherism:" It supposes that the spontaneous celebrations in front of the White House after news of OBL's death broke were actually staged by Obama.
  • Remember Gary Faulkner? The crazy Colorado dude who tried to sneak into Afghanistan to hunt and kill Osama Bin Laden? He is happy. ""I think maybe I flushed him down out of the mountains into the foothills," he told the Denver Post. Ha.
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  • Matt Drudge reports that the White House is releasing Osama Bin Laden's post-mortem portrait as definitive proof of his demise. A source tells ABC News that the picture "is bloody and gruesome, with a bullet wound to his head above his left eye." White House officials should keep in mind that this will instantly become a meme and proceed accordingly. Oh, and be sure to remove the Photoshop layers, since they forgot with Obama's birth certificate.
  • Sure, we killed Osama. But even more exciting: We got his computer and a bunch of hard drives and disks! "Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?" one official told POLITICO. Can we ever: Given that he's been on the lam since late 2001, he's probably got Snood and a bunch of Gorillaz .mp3s. Oh, and probably Powerpoints about blowing stuff up, too.
  • The dramatic tick-tock narratives of the fatal Bin Laden mission came out last night—the best being the Times'. But the story got a bit less exciting as the White House backed off of claims that Bin Laden had used his wife as a human shield and had a gun which he may have used to fire on U.S. forces. In fact, he was unarmed, according to one senior White House official. Makes us think they should have made up something even more spectacular, if they were just going to backtrack: Like Bin Laden burst out of a closet wearing an Aliens-style exoskeleton and began shooting cobras out of his eyes or something.
  • Details of Bin Laden's six years in Abbottabad paint him to be a typical international terrorist/housebound cat lady. He was a big drinker of both Coke and Pepsi. And his minders "always bought the best brands — Nestle milk, the good-quality soaps and shampoos," a shopkeeper told Bloomberg.
  • Important detail from the Times: As White House officials waited, white-knuckled, for news of the OBL raid in the Situation room, "a staffer went to Costco and came back with a mix of provisions - turkey pita wraps, cold shrimp, potato chips, soda." The White House eats like a leadership seminar for insurance salespeople.
  • At times like this, the last thing you want is to come down off your lamp post to consider boring international laws governing targeted killings. But some people are wondering if Bin Laden's killing was illegal. Here is a good rundown from The New Republic of the legal justification for the killing. (It was legal.) Alright, get back up that lamppost!
  • A drunk guy at New York's JFK airport was arrested after telling a ticket agent that "My name is bin Laden, and I have a bomb in my bag." That might've worked last week, buddy.
  • Basically don't click on anything on Facebook or Twitter relating to Osama Bin Laden's death (except for this story!). It's probably a scam to infect your computer.
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