BOSTON (CBS) – U.S. Senator Scott Brown said he’s against the public release of photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse.
“I have seen the pictures, I’ve received the briefings, I’ve spoken to the operational leaders, and I can tell you for a fact that he is dead,” Brown originally told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller Wednesday.
But, those photos shown to U.S. Senators were allegedly fake, Sen. Brown’s office confirmed to WBZ-TV on Wednesday.
“The photo that I saw and that a lot of other people saw is not authentic,” Brown’s office said in a statement.
WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller weighs in on the fake photos that apparently tricked Sen. Brown
Read: Keller @ Large: Withhold Bin Laden Death Photos If It Saves Lives
The White House is concerned that releasing the actual gruesome photos might further inflame radicals.
In an interview Wednesday afternoon with Steve Kroft for Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” President Obama said he won’t release the images.
WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill asked a local expert about whether to release the bin Laden photos:
Brown praised President Obama for his handling of the covert mission.
“Our military and the president and his team should be commended for a job well done under tremendous, tremendously difficult circumstances. It’s like a novel, like an action-packed novel. They did a remarkable job.”
You can watch Keller’s entire interview with Sen. Brown Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. on WBZ-TV’s ‘Keller @ Large.’