The U.S. government doesn’t have to release more than 50 photos taken of Osama bin Laden after his death, following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The three-member panel ruled unanimously that the photos were properly classified as top secret, essentially agreeing with the Obama administration that the images were too inflammatory to release. Judicial Watch, a conservative nonprofit, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photos and video associated with the May 2011 raid. The CIA used the images, some of which were taken at bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan, for facial-recognition analysis to confirm it was bin Laden.
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